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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
Post Pardon Me by Suzanne Yatim Aslam is a charmingly honest memoir of a woman who experienced severe postpartum depression. Suzanne managed to fall pregnant despite a history of excruciating periods and painful ovulation. Suzanne has a fright during her pregnancy but succeeds in carrying the baby to term. She battles through a natural birth in an alternative birthing center. After the delivery, her life changes completely. Suzanne cannot feel the love or joy she has been assured are part of motherhood. She struggles to be perfect and comfort the constantly crying baby. She knows something is wrong but feels no relief until she confides in her husband.
Post Pardon Me by Suzanne Yatim Aslam provided an amazingly beautiful perspective on a potentially gloomy topic. The text was written in diary format, and I enjoyed the realism that this imparted. I liked the gentle narrative style Suzanne employed, and suspect that the author is polite and attentive to the needs of others in real life. The gym where mothers could do yoga with their babies sounded wonderful. I enjoyed the references to Harry Potter and found the metaphor of the Dementor sucking the happiness out of her incredibly appropriate. I was pleased Suzanne found comfort in something like watching Friends even on her blue days. Her relationship with her husband was beautiful despite moments of tension, and I felt as if I was reading a tender love story. The gestures Kasim made to lighten her mood were small but seemed meaningful. I was glad that Suzanne found the strength to work through her depression and felt blessed she had decided to share the story with readers.