Dirty Workby Carder

The main starting point for writing this book - using abortion as the medical subject that I was looking at - was that as a novelist, I was very interested in interrogating what it is that all of us feel we can’t say to people. And the idea that I came up with was that a young woman of reproductive age who was performing abortions for a living instead of having babies would be the most stigmatized and difficult story to tell that a woman could possibly tell.

So, I actually came to the subject matter of abortion more from that point of view than because I had any particular ax to grind about abortion politically.

~ Novelist Gabriel Weston explaining the starting point for her new book about the life of a fictitious abortionist, Dirty Work, NPR, August 9