The Specific Scent of Snakes
"A haunting, heartbreaking, heart-healing memoir."
Susan McCorkindale Pearmund,
author of Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl
"What first struck me about Laura Lyster-Mensh’s writing was her rather distinctive, and lyrical prose. And her choice of a book title, “The Specific Scent of Snakes” that similarly reflects the author’s personality, values, and life experience. A title that symbolizes Lyster-Mensh’s personal, detailed, and difficult struggle with pregnancy, infertility, loss, and triumph. All framed in an old, rustic house away from the city, and out in the country. One complete with mice and snake skins. Yet a home where her husband, her daughter, and their friends, and extended family all share to different degrees, the authors hope, anguish, tragedy, and resolution...
Perhaps the authors experience shines best in the next to the last chapter, “In Humility “. Here Lyster-Mensh shares rare insights about infertility’s impact on adoption, and adoptive families."
Joanne Wolf Small, MSW, LCSW-C
author of The Adoption Mystique