Dinae Anderson, a New York City high school student and a member of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST).:
“Davis gives a modern voice to the topic of abortion in a fictional story — and does a great job at it. Not only does the book inform the reader about important facts about reproductive matters, but that blends perfectly into a storyline that’s filled with love, compassion and even grief.” Read more at workers.org/
Ken Wachsberger, author and self-publisher, wrote a glowing review of Love Means Second Chances from his viewpoint as a Jewish male:
“Besides being a strong pro-choice novel about today’s society, it is one of the most humane and responsive books I’ve read in a long time
Susan Elizabeth Davis has written a self-consciously political novel complete with website and blog that she hopes will become a literary weapon in the pro-choice arsenal. At a time when women are having to defend themselves from humanist instincts straight out of the Dark Ages, her timing couldn’t be better. As a life-long activist for women’s rights, in particular to control their own bodies, she is the right person to write it.
Love Means Second Chances (New York: Bread and Roses Collaborative, 2011) takes place in 1992 with flashbacks to 1972. …”
To read more of Kens’ blog go to Read Love Means Second Chances: The Pro-Choice Novel Posted on May 4, 2012
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“When two attractive young people find themselves in an all-too-familiar predicament, they make the only reasonable choice: to end their pregnancy. Christy, an aspiring singer, is lucky to have a supportive partner in Ramon, an acting student. Her grandma also supports her decision, and the novel shows us three generations of strong, believable women coping with the real meanings of choice. Tough but delicate, Susan Elizabeth Davis’s lovely book revisits in flashback those moments in the 1970s when abortion was a newly legal option.
“Davis dishes out strong meat. From the opening pages you’re on a rolling ride, full of twists and surprises, as Christy and Ramon navigate their course around family traditions, deeply held prejudices, and class barriers. Set in the Nineties, this book is timely as a tweet — and after the shocking flood of pronatalist propaganda in popular culture, from songs like “Papa Don’t Preach” to movies like “Juno” and “Blue Valentine” — it’s a welcome feminist alternative.”
– Martha Roth, author Arousal: Bodies & Pleasures
“Susan Elizabeth Davis has written a powerful and moving novel about three generations of women and their struggle over abortion. She has successfully created vulnerable, strong and sympathetic women whose struggle over the meaning of a woman’s choice is interwoven with family love and fierce yearnings of the heart.”
– Emily Hanlon, novelist Petersburg and writing coach
“Love Means Second Chances asks hard questions about life’s biggest issues: the meaning of family, how to love someone despite fundamental disagreements, and how to make sound, ethical choices for oneself. This intense — often riveting — family drama is full of rich encounters. Bold and humane, it doesn’t shy away from politically sensitive themes, whether abortion, love between same sex partners, or shifting gears in middle age. Davis has written a true page-turner, a book that will leave you thinking about the characters long after it’s read.”
– Eleanor J. Bader, co-author Targets of Hatred: Anti-Abortion Terrorism and columnist RHRealityCheck.org
“Susan Elizabeth Davis captures the lives and complexities of three generations of women with the deftness of a writer who knows them so well she can slip inside their bodies and report from unseen territory. Using a sure hand and light touch, she takes us on a real-world journey as Christy, Carole, and Mary Louise — women like the ones we pass on the street and see in the grocery — find themselves in uneasy situations, on errant paths and with daunting challenges. Through it all, we learn to navigate with her characters through expectations and choices, and begin to see how the rights of privacy and bodily autonomy operate in a three-dimensional situation. In Love Means Second Chances, Davis illuminates our world, and the light that shines through shows us that, commingling with freedom, the most important balm is, indeed, love.”
– Cindy Cooper, founder Words of Choice