Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley
Published by First Second on February 26th, 2019
Genres: Graphic Novel, Memoir
“There’s plenty of drama and comedy and bodily fluids!
And what’s a good origin story without all three?”
I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Kid Gloves online and in person through friends. And I happened to see it on Book Outlet, so I jumped at the chance of owning it.
In Kid Gloves, her whole life, Lucy Knisley wanted to be a mother. But when it was finally the perfect time, conceiving turned out to be harder than anything she’d ever attempted. Fertility problems were followed by miscarriages, and her eventual successful pregnancy plagued by health issues, up to a dramatic, near-death experience during labour and delivery.
I’m truly fascinated by pregnancy and birth. I chalk it up to the fact that I was never taught any of this in school, and this information isn’t really made available to you until you’re pregnant. But we should all know what happens to our bodies!
Kid Gloves is a moving, hilarious, and very informative memoir. I learned so many things about the history and science of reproductive health.
Before each section of the book, Knisley would include interesting facts and inspiring or notorious figures in medicine and midwifery. I found her inclusion about elephant facts to be very cute. And now I want to know more about these magnificent creatures!
I found Knisley’s honesty to be very refreshing. She openly discusses her miscarriages and how they affected her differently from both an emotional and a physical standpoint.
She even sheds light on her partner’s point of view with everything. It’s not as much talked about what the other partner goes through in a miscarriage or during a pregnancy. It’s a partnership and Knisley shows this.
I found the subject matter near the end of the book to be hard to stomach.
Her labour story is traumatic to read about so I can’t even imagine what it was like to experience it.
It’s disheartening to read that her doctor refused to hear her out when it came to her concerns.
And that’s not an uncommon thing to happen to pregnant women. Obviously, we know what happened with Serena Williams when she gave birth to her daughter. Women are never seriously believed when it comes to their bodies!
Whether you’ve got kids, want them, or don’t want them at all, there’s something for everyone in this graphic memoir. A lot of important subjects are touched upon here, but always done so with respect.
And if you’re interested in stories surrounding midwives, I’d check out Call the Midwife! It’s a great series of books as well as a TV show.
I’ll definitely be checking out Knisley’s other work in the future!