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- File Size : 9902 KB
- Publication Date : July 16, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 186 pages
- Publisher : Melange Books, LLC (July 16, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00LVGZO3U
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,555,183 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Savarna is an embryologist helping other women in their quest for pregnancy. She works with one of her best buds, Johnny, a friendly and disarming black man who is a pivotal character in the book. When Savarna’s conservative Asian parents, who are stereotypically meddling yet caring, insist that she continue the family’s lineage, the young Indian woman slowly warms up to the idea—at least in terms of conceiving a child, but to a lesser extent in regard to the somewhat bizarre notion her folks present to her.
“We often live out our dreams through our children.”
The fact that Savarna is a lesbian and has yet to tell her parents of her sexual orientation turns out to be the least of her problems. Despite all the tests she has done indicating she’s a healthy and fertile woman, she is unable to get pregnant. The journey Savarna takes along with Johnny, her donor, and Charley, her partner, draws the reader into an emotional saga of compassion, grief, love, and understanding.
A thought-provoking and entertaining read, The Last Conception is without a doubt a five-star read!
This is a story about so many things. It’s about life; it’s about family; it’s about love. Savarna is a talented embryologist who – at first – lacks both a committed relationship and the desire to even have a child. Then, without telling her why, her family begins to pressure her to get pregnant.
The reader is in the dark for a short while about the reason for Savarna’s parents’ sudden obsession – but when the secret is revealed, whew, it’s a doozy!
Journey with Savarna as she travels the road to commitment with her long-time girlfriend, Charley; as she learns the deep mysteries of her family’s past; and as she explores the concept of motherhood for the very first time.
Five huge stars from me!
Melange Books, Jun 21 2014, $12.95
Davidia and Mira Sikand pressure their single daughter Savarna to have a child because the spiritual progeny from their late founding cult leader must not die out and she is the last survivor able to conceive. Savarna has no male prospects to sire a baby with her since unknown by her parents she is gay and thus has romantic relationships with females only.
As the embryologist looks into the instinct for the strong need to belong to a family including procreating and what a family connotes, Savarna realizes she wants a monogamous relationship with Charley who reciprocates her love; they agree on raising a child that Savarna will birth. Thus she tells her family she is gay and plans a life with a woman. Her India-American parents accept Charley, but remain adamant that they need a biological grandchild. Desperate, her grandmother arrives from India to persuade Savarna that she must give birth or thousands of years of heritage will expire with her. When artificial insemination fails, the female couple decides to adopt, which alienates Savarna with her family who demand she keep trying.
This is a fascinating look at what a family is and why people need to belong and feel accepted by caring social groups (Maslow's Hierarchy's third tier). Though why the intelligent Savarna knows so little about her family's cult lineage until the demands begin is unsatisfactory explained, she drives the intriguing storyline as she tries to please her extended family (including the cult members), her mate and ultimately herself.
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Mit diesem Problem sieht sich Savarna, Tochter einer sehr traditionellen indischen Familie plötzlich konfrontiert. Obwohl in Amerika geboren und aufgewachsen, ist der Familieneinfluss so stark, dass sie ihren Eltern verschwiegen hat, dass sie lesbisch ist. Nun sieht sich Savarna plötzlich gezwungen, dies gegenüber ihrer Familie zu vertreten.
Das Buch schildert auf sehr unterhaltsame Weise wie sich Savarna mit diesen Themen auseinander setzt. Die Handlung scheint voraussehbar, jedoch ist das Ende anders als erwartet und für meinen Geschmack etwas zu abrupt.
Das Buch ist sehr flüssig geschrieben und der Autor hat sich mit den verschiedenen Themen offensichtlich befasst. Es geht um Liebe, Religion, Ethik, künstliche Befruchtung, Familie, Tradition, Adoption usw. All dies wird einfühlsam geschildert.
Constans tackles serious issues in this book — coming out, the intricacies of interracial relationships and infertility — with a sense of mystery, humour and grace. And it’s easy to root for Sarvarna, who tries to rise above the familial pressure to live the life she wants.
Before you know it, you’ll be at the end of the book and asking yourself, “What’s next?”