The Nearness of You

The Nearness of You

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"In this profound and lyrical novel, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward explores the deeper meanings of motherhood--from the first blissful hello to the heart-wrenching prospect of saying goodbye. Brilliant heart surgeon Suzette Kendall is stunned when Hyland, her husband of fifteen years, admits his yearning for a child. From the beginning they'd decided that having children was not an option, as Suzette feared passing along the genes that landed her mother in a mental institution. But Hyland proposes a different idea: a baby via surrogate. Suzette agrees, and what follows is a whirlwind of candidate selections, hospital visits, and Suzette's doubts over whether she's made the right decision. A young woman named Dorothy Muscarello is chosen as the one who will help make this family complete. For Dorrie, surrogacy (and the money that comes with it) are her opportunity to leave behind a troubled past and create a future for herself--one full of possibility. But this situation also forces all three of them--Dorrie, Suzette, and Hyland--to face a devastating uncertainty that will reverberate in the years to come. Beautifully shifting between perspectives, The Nearness of You deftly explores the connections we form, the families we create, and the love we hold most dear."--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781101887158
110188715X
Characteristics: 228 pages ;,22 cm.

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Jun 14, 2018

This book starts off strong with an engaging and dramatic story line and characters that are well defined for whom the reader can feel empathy and concern. However the second half of the book does not maintain the same momentum. The characters have undergone changes in nature and position in life that are not explained. The main character of the second half is lacking in appeal. The denouement is neither well fleshed out nor satisfying and literally left me flipping to pages in the back of the book to find out if I had missed something.

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