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May Cause Love : An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion (Hardcover) (Kassi Underwood)
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In this powerful memoir, told with fierce honesty and unexpected humor, a young woman left unmoored after an abortion, hits the road on a journey of self-discovery, traveling across America in search of wisdom and personal transformation from diverse spiritual teachers and a caravan of new friends.
Nineteen years old, a thousand miles from her Kentucky home, Kassi Underwood was stunned when a doctor told her she was pregnant. Raised by a Southern code, she never thought she’d have an abortion—but she never thought she’d get knocked up on accident, either. Unmarried, broke, and unequipped for motherhood, she saw no other way. At first, she felt relieved that everything had returned to normal and carried on with her plans.
Three years later, when her ex-boyfriend had a daughter with someone else, she shattered. Kassi was forced to reckon with her ongoing romantic dysfunctions, merciless addictions, and the pregnancy she didn’t keep. Determined to transform and awaken, she traveled across America to create what she couldn’t find: a road map for recovery. She participated in a Buddhist "water baby" ritual and a Roman Catholic retreat for abortion run by picketers, met with a Planned Parenthood grief guru, a "Midwife for the Soul" living out of her car, an eccentric rabbi hosting a Jewish "wild woman" celebration—and attended a wedding ceremony: her own.
Dazzling with warmth and leavened by humor, this absorbing memoir captures one woman’s journey of self-discovery that enraged her, changed her, and ultimately enlightened her.