Bringing in Finn
An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story
By Sara Connell
(Seal Press, Hardcover, 9781580054102, 336pp.)
Publication Date: August 2012
Categories: Personal Memoirs
In February 2011, 61-year-old Kristine Casey delivered the greatest gift of all to her daughter, Sara Connell: Sara’s son, Finnean. At that moment, Kristinethe gestational carrier of Sara and her husband Bill’s childbecame the oldest woman ever to give birth in Chicago.
Bringing in Finn is the incredible story of one woman’s hard-fought and often painful journey to motherhood. In this achingly honest memoir, Connell recounts the tragedy and heartbreak of losing pregnancies; the process of opening her heart and mind to the idea of her 61-year-old mother carrying her child for her; and the profound bond that blossomed between mother and daughter as a result of their unique experience together.
Moving, inspiring, and ultimately triumphant, Bringing in Finn is an extraordinary tale of despair, hope, forgiveness, and redemptionand the discovery that when it comes to unconditional love, there are no limits to what can be achieved.
Sara Connell is an author, speaker, and life coach with a private practice in Chicago. A frequent media contributor, Sara has appeared on Oprah, NPR, WGN, and FOX News Chicago, and will soon appear on Good Morning America, Nightline, and The View. Sara's writing has been featured in: ELLE, Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Psychobabble, Evolving Your Spirit, and Mindful Metropolis. Her first book, Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story, was nominated for ELLE magazine's 2012 Book of the Year. Visit Sara at her website, saraconnell.com, and on Facebook.
Sara Connell burns through abstract questions about the ethics and limits of medicalized fertility and gets to the heart of things. The result is a powerful testament to the depth and complexity of mother love.
Ariel Gore, founding editor of Hip Mama and the author of Bluebird
Sara Connell’s journey to motherhood is a modern miracle. Her lyrical book chronicles an adventure that leads us into uncharted territory. Connell reaches deep into her heart to write about the desire for children, the sacred trust of marriage, the enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, and the sustaining power of hope. I couldn’t put it down.”
Dominique Browning, Senior Director, Moms Clean Air Task Force
Be prepared to be blown away. Bringing in Finn is about a family so determined to bring a baby into the world that they push every convention possible and succeed in making a miracle.”
Michelle Lowe, playwright, author of Inana, winner of the 2010 Francesca Primus Prize
Bringing in Finn is a must-read for anyone who is in any stage of yearningfor a child, for a mother, for a family, for faith. This is a story for anyone with an unfulfilled longing or desire.”
Christie Tate, author of Outlaw Mama
this is an amazing journey, beautifully shared. It calls us to celebrate what matters most, persevere in times of despair, and know the Truth that Love always prevails.”
Marian Baker, author of Wake Up Inspired