Amy Julia Becker
How did you come up with the title The Unfinished Child?
Originally, I had another working title for the book, but one day I came across an article in a medical journal that explained doctors used to call babies born with Down syndrome “unfinished children” because it was believed that their bodies hadn’t fully developed in the womb. Right away I thought – there’s my title.
For me, the title resonates on so many levels. The unfinished child can refer to the baby with Down syndrome or the baby that is terminated. On a more abstract level, it refers to everybody, for I often wonder if any of us are every really “finished.” Aren’t we all a work in progress?