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Infertility Rites
Guernica Editions, Fall 1991
182 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9780920717516
ISBN10: 0920717519
$15.00 Canada, $15.00 US

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Mary Melfi's first novel explores the emotional trauma of infertility and its resulting marital conflicts. It is an intimate account of one woman's agonizing experience to carry a pregnancy to full term. Through Nina DiFiore's numerous miscarriages, Melfi analyzes how much women's self-image is linked to their fertility; for Nina, an artist, this is even more acute as she is of Italian origin, a culture which idolizes the role of the mother. Infertility Rites focuses on the difficulties for an Italian-Canadian woman in reconciling her alienation from aspects of her traditional immigrant past with her dislocation from mainstream Canadian society, embodied in the tensions within her marriage.

Books by Mary Melfi

A Bride in Three Acts A Queen is Holding a Mummified Cat Foreplay: Followed by My Italian Wife In The Backyard: Relearning the Art of Aging, Dying and Making Love Infertility Rites Painting Moments: Art, AIDS and Nick Palazzo Sex Therapy Stages: Selected Poems Via Roma: Between 2 Worlds, 2 Men