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  • Written by: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Samira Wiley
  • Length: 45 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Graceful Burdens

Written by: Roxane Gay
Narrated by: Samira Wiley
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay comes an unforgettable tale of nightmarish bureaucracy in which genetic profiling has redefined the “unfit mother.”

A trip to the library prompts one woman to question her fate in this galvanizing short story. For a woman like Hadley, deemed not acceptable to procreate, there’s only one recourse. Unlicensed for motherhood, she can alleviate her grief and frustration at a “baby library,” where a curiously endless supply of infants is available for a two-week loan. But the borrowed life that serves as a temporary balm leads to a journey of self-discovery that will forever change the direction of Hadley’s future.

Roxane Gay’s Graceful Burdens is part of Out of Line, an incisive collection of funny, enraging, and hopeful stories of women’s empowerment and escape. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

Audible narration by Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)

©2020 Roxane Gay (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Valencia Williams
  • 2021-03-05

Amazingly Unexpected

Such a hidden gem amongst a vast library! It’s easy to miss out on this as you never knew to look for it. The way Roxane builds such a strong world very quickly is a talent. She draws you with curiosity and keeps you there until the very last word. Great job!

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  • Chelsea Plouffe
  • 2023-11-02

Wonderful, captivating.

A short story that is all intrigue and heart from beginning to end. A brief glimpse into a scary, but empowering world.

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  • Dana Williams
  • 2023-03-27

Wish it would have been longer!

A Handmaid’s Tale-like story- I’d love to read more- how it came to be, where it goes from here…

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  • Liz K.
  • 2023-03-25

Dystopian and women-positive

But men should read it too….
I really enjoyed the narrator’s voice, warm and supple.

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  • Jetneo
  • 2022-10-23

A cautionary tale

Reminiscent of Handmaids Tale, Roxanne charts the emotions of women coping with the New Reality. Bringing to question Motherhood, Ownership, and Privilege. All the while breaking your heart and breaking the rules.

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  • Seriously
  • 2022-07-26

Prescient

With the overturning of Roe, this dystopian short story feels prescient with the times. Galvanizing.

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  • Maxmouse
  • 2022-03-03

Great short story!

Well performed and written. Good futuristic story of brave women taking chances for the betterment of others.

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  • escoocoo
  • 2021-09-29

Good

Pretty good story. Very interesting premise, very science fiction. The narration was pretty straight forward, and the narrator did an okay job.

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  • obituary mambo
  • 2021-01-08

Stunning!

I had no idea what to expect from this short story, but I love Roxane Gay, so I figured it would be worth a quick read. Absolutely amazing! The ability to build such a fully realized world in so few pages is truly a gift. The characters are well drawn and the story intriguing. Samira Wiley's narration is a thing of pure beauty. Absolutely fabulous!

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  • Constance
  • 2020-10-29

handmaid's tale-esque

Samira Wiley..what a gem. Loved this short story! Margaret Atwood dystopia themed setting..wondering how far in the future this is..

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