"Riveting ... Carrier is a compelling read."
Liane Hansen, NPR Weekend Edition
"There are many things to praise in Bonnie Rough's deeply felt memoir ... but most striking are her compassion and her wisdom."
Jane Hamilton, internationally bestselling author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World
"An extraordinary book, so beautifully written. ... The memoir is a gorgeous love story, and also reads like a medical thriller—I was staying up late and rising early to read it."
Caroline Grant, Literary Mama
"In this profoundly honest memoir, Rough infuses pregnancy and the specter of terminating it with equal measures of grace."
"What is so amazing about Rough's struggle with her DNA destiny is not just the impossibly tough choices she faces in planning her own future, but the raw courage she exhibits in dealing with the choices made by the generations before her. ... This is a story that will resonate for anyone who grew up in a family with a relative suffering from a chronic illness or addiction."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Bonnie Rough's incredibly intense memoir of genetic testing ... stayed with me long after turning the last pages. ... Even those with no experience with a [disorder] like HED will understand the grave decisions Rough and her husband are making and why not knowing seems, in many ways, the easier choice. It gets quite heart-wrenching, but she doesn't back away or waste time making excuses. Perhaps most perceptively, she also points out that her choice to know changes everything for her family—no one can deny this decision, not for themselves and not for future generations. ... The reader will find questions and answers, connections and concerns that they did not anticipate. ... You will be much richer for experiencing what Rough has to share, and grateful for her dedication and determination in sharing it."
"This book has a rare unflinching honesty. ... Carrier is a mesmerizing self-study of the human emotions behind all of our decisions."