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About the author:

Karen Propp

(from the publisher)

Karen Propp took almost four years to write In Sickness & In Health; the most difficult part being how to funnel so many personal and medical events into a narrative that would have universal appeal. Although some friends and family have expressed surprise at her willingness to speak openly about the most intimate aspects of her marriage, her husband has always been a strong supporter of getting the word out. His joke about the book is, "I suffer; she writes."

Coincidentally, while writing the final drafts of In Sickness & In Health, her father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was 72, with early stage, non-aggressive disease. Unlike her husband, who presented an unusual case, her father fit the most common profile of a prostate cancer sufferer. She accompanied her father and mother to several of the consultation appointments as he went through the decision making process for treatment. As a daughter, rather than a spouse, prostate cancer felt much less threatening.

Karen Propp was born in New Rochelle, New York. Her family lived in Nigeria from 1963-1965, after which she grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. A graduate of Oberlin College, she went on to receive advanced writing degrees from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Utah. She was trained first as a poet, studying with former United States poet laureate Mark Strand and the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Charles Simic. She published poems in literary magazines (Ploughshares, The Agni Review, The Antioch Review, The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas, Lilith, The Christian Science Monitor) and while in her twenties, won awards from The Academy of American Poets.

After receiving her Ph.D. in English and Writing, she returned to the Boston area, and began teaching at Boston College and The University of New Hampshire. She continued to write, and shared a house with a group of fine arts painters. When she turned to writing prose, her first book The Pregnancy Project: Encounters with Reproductive Therapy was chosen as part of the Duquesne University Press Emerging Writers in Creative Nonfiction Series. The Pregnancy Project chronicles Karen's odyssey with infertility treatments to have her son, and raises important questions about women's experiences with the baby-making business.

She lives outside of Boston with her husband and son.


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