What I Thought I Knew (Paperback)

By Alice Eve Cohen

Penguin Books, 9780143117650, 194pp.

Publication Date: May 25, 2010

August 2009 Indie Next List

“Alice Eve Cohen is 44 years old and sick. Months of tests and doctor's exams have left her with a portfolio of diagnoses. However, an emergency CAT scan reveals the real situation: Alice is six months pregnant. Her story is horrifying -- a litany of medical malpractice and callous behavior that will send a chill up your spine. You won't forget her story.”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
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Description

"Darkly hilarious...an unexpected bundle of joy."
-O, The Oprah Magazine

Alice Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she had a new love in her life, she was rais-ing a beloved adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Then she started experiencing mysterious symptoms. After months of tests, x-rays, and inconclusive diagnoses, Alice underwent a CAT scan that revealed the truth: she was six months pregnant.

At age forty-four, with no prenatal care and no insurance coverage for a high-risk pregnancy, Alice was besieged by opinions from doctors and friends about what was ethical, what was loving, what was right. With the intimacy of a diary and the suspense of a thriller, What I Thought I Knew is a ruefully funny, wickedly candid tale; a story of hope and renewal that turns all of the "knowns" upside down.


About the Author

Alice Eve Cohen is a playwright, solo theater artist, and memoirist. She has written for Nickelodeon and PBS and received fellowships and grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at The New School in New York City.
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