I KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU: STORIES ON REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
Edited by Shelly Oria—author and editor of Indelible in the Hippocampus—this explosive, intersectional collection of essays, fiction, poems, plays, and more, explores the universality of human reproductive experiences, as well as their distinct individuality.
An enlisted sailor must choose between her military career and keeping an unexpected pregnancy. A mother of three decides to become a surrogate, but is unprepared for everything that happens next. A trans man’s pregnancy forces them to approach their key relationships in a new way. A woman’s choice to live a child-free life is put to the test when her husband’s dying wish is for them to become parents. Forced sterilization camps line the borders of America in a dystopian future that may not be far off.
In their own unique and unforgettable way, each storyteller examines our crisis of access to care in ways that are at turns haunting, heartbreaking, and outright funny.
All purchases of I Know What’s Best for You include a free copy of the supplemental e-book I Know What’s Best for You All Over the World, delivered to your email in early May. An e-book exclusive, I Know What’s Best for You All Over the World features writers and artists from sixteen different countries—including China, Afghanistan, Poland, Argentina, Cameroon, Greece, Saudi Arabia, and more—responding to regional and global questions of reproductive freedom. For a sneak peek, click here.
I Know What’s Best for You is a collaboration with the Brigid Alliance, a nationwide service that arranges and funds confidential and personal travel support to those seeking abortion care.
Featuring, in order of appearance:
Kim Gek Lin Short
Yael R. Shinar
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Hannah Lillith Assadi
Sally Wen Mao
Mary Jo Bang
Erin Williams with Kate Novotny
Deb Olin Unferth
Donnetta Lavinia Grays
Kirstin Valdez Quade
and Shelly Oria
Praise for I Know What’s Best for You
“Immersive. […] Captivating.”
“A resonant collection that champions reproductive freedoms in the face of widespread opposition. […] A clarion call for reproductive rights.”
“In the urgency of our current moment, it is easy to feel despair; this multi-genre, creative, striking collection reminds us that reproductive freedom belongs to all people.”
—Dana Spiotta, author of Wayward
“A brilliant and entirely necessary volume, featuring our best writers and thinkers from Tommy Orange to R.O. Kwon. Every bookshelf should have a volume.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Our Country Friends and Super Sad True Love Story
“An urgent, vital collection.”
—Peter Ho Davies, author of A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself
“A thrillingly personal and political response to the emergency we’re in.”
—Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks
“Oria has gathered together an essential group of writers, and this book is full of wonders.”
—Nick Flynn, author of Stay
“Powerful voices grappling with a powerful matter … with humor, wisdom, anger, and so much vital honesty. We could not need this book more right now.”
—Merritt Tierce, author of Love Me Back
“Born into the structures of patriarchy, we often find it difficult to see through the prison bars, to imagine horizons, breaths of air, the scope of unobstructed sky. Oria’s anthology is full of chisels and chainsaws, reminders that innumerable hands are working to free us all.”
Read I Know What’s Best for You’s foreword, published by The Rumpus.