The sex, lies and disappoint that evolves in The Baby Lottery [WCF, Powell's, Amazon] happen not just between lovers (although there are a handful) but between friends. Jean, Charlotte, Ginny, Tasi, and Nan are college best friends who find themselves many years older and reacting to Charlotte’s decision to have a second trimester abortion in very different ways. Jane reacts intensely and in a last ditch attempt to salvage their friendship and her dream of motherhood, offers to adopt Charlotte’s baby. Tasi accepts Charlotte despite her flaws and emotionally abusive marriage. Is it abusive to request an alcoholic to behave herself? Each friend has to accept or reject Charlotte’s decision and decide what that means to their collective friendship. If Jean and Charlotte do break-up where does this leave the others? I think each of us have been in the middle of a friendship divorce and having to decide whose friend you are now.
Personal note: This book hit surprisingly close to home. I've had a bit of fertile guilt having gotten to know a few women who have "lost" in the baby lottery area where I got pregnant pretty easily. Sometimes it does feel selfish when I thank the Goddess each month for not being pregnant when others are praying for just the opposite.
Disclaimer: The only payment I received for this review was the review copy of the book.
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