It’s the book I’m reading. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner. I was into her books a while back. Did you read Good in Bed? How about In Her Shoes? Cameron Diaz starred in the movie version of that one. I sort of lost interest in her books after the first few, but I decided to read this one after I listened to an interview with Jennifer on NPR.
The book is told from the perspectives of four very different women. Jules is a student at Princeton, deciding whether or not to donate her eggs and use the money she would be paid to send her father to rehab. Annie is a wife and mother of two, also looking to make money for her family. She considers the role of surrogate, but has to grapple with the feelings of her husband and children. India has recently married the man of her dreams and desperately wants to have a child with him. Bettina, India’s step-daughter, thinks that India only wants a child in order to assure her inheritance. Their lives converge as they deal with the issues of motherhood, family, and finances.
It’s chick lit, easy to read, even though the topics at hand are big ones. Weiner is a Philadelphian, just like me, so I enjoy how she works the city into her books. The story keeps reminding me of a conversation that I had with one of my college girls in which we realized that we are now too old to donate our eggs. Not that I ever really wanted to but, boy, that growing old thing just comes at ya early and from everywhere! Good thing I have my list to distract me from my rotting eggs!
See my nook? I love it! Didn’t think I would. Got any good reads to suggest?