When Tarja Parssinen of Moxie Road Productions asked if I’d be interested in an Advance Reader Copy of Janine Kovac’s debut, I jumped at the chance. Memoir is among my favorite genres, and I wanted to share this one with you.
Before I began reading, however, I couldn’t help wondering what I’d gotten myself into. Janine Kovac was a professional ballerina in Iceland, the mother of micro-preemie twins — Wagner and Michael — born almost four months early, weighing little more than a pound.
What common ground would I find with her? Would it be difficult for me to relate?
I discovered from the first pages I needn’t have worried. I was instantly invested in Janine’s story because it is, above all, a HUMAN one. Terrified by the unfamiliar territory of the NICU, the author struggles to find her footing, to risk hope, to maintain sanity in the face of her darkest fears. She draws strength from past successes and failures onstage, from a series of metaphors sparked by years of performing.
Brave and unflinching, she walks us through those days when her babies’ futures — and her own — were spinning beyond her control.
SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home:
When Janine Kovac gives birth to micro preemie twins nearly four months before they are due, she channels the grace and strength that carried her through a successful ballet career. The human body has amazing healing powers if you just know how to listen to it. But old habits bring up old haunts and bitter memories–the futile quest for perfection and a career-ending injury. In the sterile, fluorescent world of the NICU, ballet breeds hope as the twins make a miraculous recovery. Can it also bring resolution to the dancer so many years after the abrupt and painful end to the career she loved so much? — Amazon synopsis
Janine Kovac’s memoir is lovely, at times even humorous, but most of all authentic. Find it at any of these retailers and see for yourself:
As a bonus, I’m thrilled to be giving away a copy of SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home.
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