In May 2019, Alexandra Kimball wrote 9 Books That Helped Me Through My Infertility. Silent Sorority was one of them. Here’s what she had to say:
Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos’ story of female infertility is one we don’t tend to hear about: Like up to 40% of fertility clinic patients, she never conceived a child. This raw and beautifully written memoir grapples with the double isolation such women feel of being not only infertile, but infertile and childless after prolonged treatment. Tsigdinos is rightfully angry about the abuses and false promises of the unregulated, for-profit infertility industry as well as the public stigma that prevents women in particular from voicing their grief over failed fertility treatments and unwanted childlessness.
Silent Sorority raises much-needed questions about how the popular narrative of infertility has become one of successful medical treatment, instead of being centered on the person’s own desire, grief, and eventual healing (which may or may not involve having or adopting a child). The author’s eventual triumph into a happy life as a writer and advocate is all the more powerful for the darkness that preceded it.