Choice Under Fire
Orbach’s timely novel looks deeply into the impact of anti-Choice violence in the 1990’s.
Orbach’s book recognizes the complexity of the issue of reproductive choice, even as she focuses on the violence sometimes done in the name of ‘life’.
Reproductive choice is a controversial topic, sharply dividing ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice’ forces. In the early 1990’s, this conflict gave rise to escalating threats and violence against abortion clinics—violence that is happening again today in some parts of our country. Hilary Orbach’s novel brings the topic vividly to life, in the form of an emotional drama written on a larger social canvass.
Phil, Jenna and Adele are drawn into a cauldron of fervent beliefs and mixed emotions as they struggle to pursue the path that each has chosen. As tragedy rocks both their clinic and Phil’s marriage, their own lives and those of their staff and patients are irredeemably altered, and questions of courage, commitment, and loyalty stand against the opposing forces of fear and the temptation of an unspoken love.
Choice is a work of literary fiction that highlights both the social conflict around abortion and the personal conflicts of its characters, repeating in more than one situation the question, ‘What should be the cost of a mistake?’ Orbach’s book recognizes the complexity of the issue of reproductive choice, even as she focuses on the violence sometimes done in the name of ‘life’. Her novel offers a profound look at our choices, both personal and social, and at the courage of people who stand by their convictions.
If you want to learn more about Hilary Orbach’s Choice as well as her other works, you may visit her website at www.hilaryorbach.com. Choice was also featured during the 2015 Guadalajara Book Fair held last November 28 to December 6 at the Guadalajara Exhibition Center, Guadalajara, Mexico.
About the Author
A graduate from the University of Chicago, Hilary Orbach is a psychotherapist who once held a Fiction Fellowship at the University of Stanford, and has since had her work featured in various publications nationwide. Currently, she resides in New York City.
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