Emma’s Laugh: The Gift of Second Chances – A Memoir

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“Rarely in life, in marriage, or in motherhood does a person have to make the choices made in the life of this author. And as she makes them, we go with her, deep into our own selves, traveling on her details to a journey to our own consciences, hearts, and minds. This is a powerful tale of family and of the kind of hard-fought courage that we always hope exists in this world. Beautifully written and wonderfully told, this is the book for right now.”
–MARION ROACH SMITH, author of The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life

Emma’s Laugh traces the author’s moving, exhilarating, and devastating journey as a parent. Told with humor, humility, and grace, it is filled with deep sentiment but never falls into sentimentality. This moving family story had me at the edge of my seat, clutching a box of tissues, never wanting it to end.”
–MARIA KUZNETSOVA, author of Oksana Behave!

Emma’s Laugh is an honest and beautiful look at parental love. From her early rejection of her special-needs child to her gradual falling in love with her daughter, Kupershmit shows us how much a mother is willing to give of herself for the sake of her child. I read with my heart in my throat all the way to the end.”
–MONICA WESOLOWSKA, author of Holding Silvan: A Brief Life



As Diana surveyed her newborn baby’s face, languid body, and absent cry, she knew something was wrong. Then the doctors delivered devastating news: her first child, Emma, had been born with a rare genetic disorder that would leave her profoundly physically and intellectually disabled.

Diana imagined life with a child with disabilities as a dark and insular one—a life in which she would be forced to exist in the periphery alongside her daughter. Convinced of her inability to love her “imperfect” child and give her the best care and life she deserved, Diana gave Emma up for adoption. But as with all things that are meant to be, Emma found her way back home.

As Emma grew, Diana watched her live life determinedly and unapologetically, radiating love always. Emma evolved from a survivor to a warrior, and the little girl that Diana didn’t think she could love enough rearranged her heart. In her short eighteen years of life, Emma gifted her family the indelible lesson of the healing and redemptive power of love.

This is a mother’s requiem to her perfectly imperfect child—a child who left too soon, but whose lessons continue to inspire a life lived and loved.

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June 15, 2021


She Writes Press

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