Lauren Braddock Havey’s new book A JOURNEY TO THE SON and the companion CD of the same name are both scheduled for release in early October 2009.
“Lauren Braddock (Havey) is a great artist. She turns the chaos of infertility land and at-risk pregnancy land into a story that inspires and astounds. Lauren’s quirky intelligence and deeply rooted joy transform this difficult journey into a wise and jagged smile of a tale…”
Best-selling Author Of “The Wind Done Gone”
As a young girl growing up in Nashville, Lauren Braddock Havey, the daughter of legendary songwriter Bobby Braddock, dreamed of her own artistic pursuits: singing, acting, and penning her own music. But one of her greatest dreams in life was to have a baby and be a parent someday. As the “someday” crept up and became her reality, Lauren and her husband Jim received the disheartening news that they were unable to conceive a baby unless they pursued in vitro fertilization, an expensive and uncertain alternative. Lauren’s memoir, A Journey to the Son follows the process and white-knuckle journey that ensued. She has also created a truly unique “folk-rock opera” concept album of the same name to be released concurrently with the book, (the CD will be sold separately)
Lauren has created a masterful memoir of self-discovery and the power of family. Readers will be touched and united by her experience of what is a decidedly challenging journey, one that is almost tragically derailed (by an amniotic fluid embolism, an extremely rare and most-often fatal obstetric emergency), but which ends happily and triumphantly on the baby’s first birthday.
A Journey to the Son transcends the genre of reproduction literature. Lauren shares the rigors of her experiences, the weighty subject matter broached in just the right places by the author’s tongue-in-cheek manner, as she delivers amusing observations and anecdotes, and fun chapter titles such as “The Waiting Womb,” “Breast Intentions,” and “Spit Happens”.
Lauren’s engaging wit and honesty pulls readers in, making her story more than a memoir of fertility treatments, complications, and trauma—Lauren’s story is a celebration of life. “Mine is an against-all-odds story of hope,” she says. “I want people to come away from it with a belief in miracles —or magic or good luck—and have a renewed sense of optimism.”
Lauren Braddock Havey will appear at Davis-Kidd in Nashville for a book and CD signing at 7:00 pm, on Thursday, October 8th. After giving a dramatic reading from her soon to be released book “A JOURNEY TO THE SON,” Lauren will join Grammy-winner Don Henry, to perform songs from the companion CD to Lauren’s “momoir”. Co-written with Don Henry, the songs on “A JOURNEY TO THE SON” beautifully and craftily capture the chaos, gumption, and sheer joy associated with Lauren’s story..
Lauren and Don will also appear and perform at the Southern Festival of Books at 1:00 pm, on Sunday, October 11th when Lauren will be introduced as a featured speaker by award-winning Southern author, John Egerton.
Lauren Braddock Havey is also the author of “Mud Mamma” her personal blog where she offers a “watered down Earth Mother’s” quirky parenting views.