BB LIVE Episode 49: Deanna Fei, author of “Girl in Glass”
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BonBon Break’s Val Curtis interviews Deanna Fei, author of “Girl in Glass.”

When AOL CEO Tim Armstrong provoked a national firestorm by blaming ‘distressed babies’ for his slashing of retirement benefits, Deanna Fei, the mother of one of those babies, spoke out in a candid, searing essay in SLATE  recounting the ‘catastrophic’ birth of her daughter just 25 weeks into pregnancy. Fei reveals the full story of her daughter’s traumatic premature birth, the harrowing journey for both mother and baby, and how the experience transformed her life.

Check out:

  • Deanna’s advice to parents who find themselves in a similar position with an early birth.
  • Her surprise initial reaction to Tim Armstrong’s proclamation.
  • Val and Deanna’s chat about giving up control as a mom.
  • Our vulnerability when an employer provides our medical insurance.

Listen to Val Curtis interview Deanna Fei on STITCHER or iTunes


A little about Deanna: Deanna is the author of the novel, “A Thread of Sky,” named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, 2010 Best Book by the Chinese American Librarians Association, and winner of Late Night Library‘s Debutlitzer Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Fei has received a Fullbright grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Huffington Post, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.


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When AOL CEO Tim Armstrong provoked a national firestorm by blaming ‘distressed babies’ for his slashing of retirement benefits, Deanna Fei, the mother of one of those babies, spoke out in a candid, searing essay in SLATE recounting the ‘catastrophic’ birth of her daughter just 25 weeks into pregnancy. Fei reveals the full story of her daughter’s traumatic premature birth, the harrowing journey for both mother and baby, and how the experience transformed her life.Check out more from BonBon Break LIVE

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