Emma Gilkison - The Heart of Jesus Valentino
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.
Join Emma Gilkison for the launch of The Heart of Jesús Valentino.
Every parent thinks of their child as being one in a million, but for mum-to-be Emma and her Peruvian partner Roy, their unborn baby was literally that. During a routine scan Emma sees what looks like a star flickering above her baby’s chest. In fact, it is his heart growing outside his body due to an exceedingly rare condition called ectopia cordis.
At 20-weeks, Emma and her partner Roy are given two heartbreaking options: to end the pregnancy or continue in the knowledge their baby will die. Surprising many, they decide to continue the pregnancy. What ensues is one of the most difficult yet profound experiences of their lives. Buddhism and Catholicism, alternative healers and doctors all join forces to support the couple and their baby.
The Heart of Jesús Valentino is a tender, heartfelt story about what can happen when we are forced to go beyond the everyday and confront issues of life, death and grief. Powerful, honest and beautifully written, this book shows how great pain can birth great love.
Emma Gilkison is a Kiwi writer and mother. She originally trained as a journalist and in her early 20s was a columnist for two major New Zealand newspapers. Her career then moved into communications and she worked for NGOs and public-sector agencies. In 2013 she gained a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing) from Whitireia Polytechnic. She has also studied short fiction and science writing at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines.