"This is the time of real butter," writes Suzanne Finnamore in The Zygote Chronicles, her fictional journal of pregnancy. In fresh, fed-up language, Finnamore (Otherwise Engaged) captures the universal truths of pregnancy that can seem almost insultingly personal when they happen to you. Finnamore sings the joys of whole cream dairy products, but the blues make themselves heard as well. The narrator, an advertising executive, frets about her credibility at work. "I'm a little worried that I won't have any authority left when I get big and have Pamela Anderson breasts. I may have to compensate in some way. I may have to start carrying a hammer." Women have always been funny about pregnancy, and Finnamore gets all that black humor down on paper. It should be noted, however, that the narrator's grousing can wear a bit thin, given her station in life (she laments giving up her Miata for an SUV). Even so, The Zygote Chronicles should take its place alongside Anne Lamott's Operating Instructions as essential reading for the intelligent breeder. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As she proved in her first novel, Otherwise Engaged, Finnamore knows how to tickle the funny bone. In her second book, the womb is the anatomical part that's the focus of her attention. With witty insights, a mother-to-be narrates the journey of her first pregnancy in the form of journal entries to her baby-to-be. At 38, the narrator is borderline terrified about having a baby later than most, and she expresses her insecurities about and observations on the process with comic abandon. She also questions whether the advertising career where she's achieved the heady titles of v-p and creative director, will disappear the moment she gives birth. And as a parent, can she do better than her frequently unemployed, usually drunk dad? Under physical and psychological stress, she sometimes flares up at her 49-year-old husband, who remains loving and steadfast throughout, although he is a bit of a dreamy ghost figure until the big day. Another anchor is her best friend, Diana, who is expecting her second child at the same time. They cheerlead each other on through the many phases of pregnancy including that of "beached whale." For all her neurotic complaints, there is a sincere sweetness to the heroine's complaints. The plot, while straightforward, is nuanced by the narrator's sad thoughts of a long-ago abortion and her complicated, touching memories of her family. Alert readers will note that the character's newborn bears the same initial as the dedication, "To P," surely the author's child, and perhaps the reason that this witty and poignant chronicle rings true. Agent, Kim Witherspoon. 4-city author tour. (Feb. 2)Engaged, for which Finnamore is writing the pilot.
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I loved this book! This was the second book of Suzanne Finnamore's that I have read. I so enjoy Suzanne's writing style, as she is funny, candid, witty, empowered, and I can relate... Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by ShanIam
I just finished reading the Zygote Chronicles and was just blown away by the quality of the writing, and its intimate immediacy. Read morePublished on May 15, 2010 by Catherine Tripp
I enjoyed reading Finnamore's experiences. She is brutally honest about pregnancy's ups and downs and laugh out loud funny.Published on April 27, 2006 by Brette Sember
I picked up the "Zygote Chronicles" thinking that it was a chick-lit character that has a baby. But it is clearly a menior about the writer's own experiences. Read morePublished on June 3, 2005 by M. E. Newell
I will echo another reviewer's comments and mention that the copyright page says "fiction," but this is clearly a memoir. Read morePublished on March 24, 2005 by Bearette24
I don't have any children of my own, but reading this book, I felt as if I had gone through pregnancy and birth. Read morePublished on May 19, 2003 by Rachelle Marmor
I hadn't heard anything about this, just saw it on the shelf. It's a total laugh riot!! A mother-to-be speaks to her unborn "daughter" in a series of notes and bits of... Read morePublished on May 18, 2003
Ms. Finnamore nailed it when she wrote Otherwise Engaged, and with Zygote Chronicles she's done it again. Read morePublished on April 25, 2003
The Zygote Chronicles is the perfect remedy for any woman who has been pregnant, is pregnant, or even entertained the idea of becoming pregnant. Read morePublished on April 13, 2003 by Sandra Mitchell