"a first novel both hilarious and tragic, is a radiant debut."
- New York Times
"warm...witty...bursts with good humor."
- Chicago Tribune
"In this poignant and original novel, Charlotte learns that getting what she's always yearned for doesn't solve everything in life."
"Perceptive, wonderful...a hilarious story in a deadpan voice."
- The Danbury News-Times
"Beautiful, lilting...and proof positive that adoption is a splendid option."
- Boston Globe
"The trials of adopting have, in recent years, been all too well documented. Predictable books by writers on the bumpy road to becoming adoptive parents have told us more than anyone not related to them could possibly want to know. THE BABY BOAT: A MEMOIR OF ADOPTION is an exception."
- USA TODAY
"A distinctive concoction of tragedy and humor...perceptive handling of the rippling effects of 9/11 make this a unique offering..."
"Poignant and bittersweet..."
- New York Times
"Insightful and well worth your attention. Brief meditations on a a specific subject or incident that very often strike at the heart with a subtle and searing intensity."
- Baltimore Sun
"A touching memoir about loss and what comes after. Out of a family tragedy, Dann has created a book to help others live."
- National Public Radio
"Bittersweet and painfully honest, Dann's memoir of how she had to leave one life and begin another is remarkable."
- Publishers Weekly
"Writing with grace and candor, and vivid bursts of humor, Ms. Dann shares the hard-won wisdom that the way to speak about death is honestly and openly. A wonderfully generous and helpful book."
- Abigail Thomas, author of A Three Dog Life