- File Size: 1560 KB
- Print Length: 186 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Melange Books, LLC (July 16, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 16, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LVGZO3U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Last Conception Kindle Edition
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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.
Savarna Sikand is an accomplished scientist focusing in her world of work on the precise and exacting arena of in vitro fertilization as an embryologist. Considering how the main essence of this book evolves, there is a delicious irony in Savarna's work focus that expands and unfolds. In addition, Savarna shifts from a personal position she was fairly adamant about. Her understanding of her parents’point of view and her partner's core focus provides a motivation along with enlightenment directing her to a new inspiration and gratifying anticipation. Astounding!
Charlemagne Burnell, preferentially Charley, is deeply in love with Savarna. In fact, I learned this before I found out she is and up-and-coming artist. Her gradually expanding success and her showings provide a pleasurable sub-story that is highlighted near the end in regard to two creations of hers that I resoundingly appreciated. This part of the book was so lovingly intertwined as it blossoms into a fairly big deal. That was wondrously adorable. It was a bit like how Charley's mother reminds her and in turn Savarna that there is a solution to their most pressing problem via a means everyone, it seems, simply forgot existed. Charley is such a steadfast lover. She becomes, on occasion, a tad overzealous in her search for answers and understanding. However, her intentions being so honorable she has only a little trouble winning over everyone's support eventually. I loved Charley!
I will not elaborate upon the two points that I wished were handled differently as that would reveal a bit too much of the essential inner workings of this story. What is important is that I really enjoyed this book and I hope it is greatly appreciated by all. There are so many captivating concepts, cultural components from India, and a sublime love story, too. Enchanting!
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I liked the fact that it addressed several issues in this book. Coming out, interracial relationships and fertility. These are all difficult issues for any family, regardless of their cultural background, to face. I believe the fact that the family was really insistent for Sarvarna to have a baby overshadowed her coming out. It was grazed over and I really would have wanted to see more of the issue tackled and not just brushed under the rug.
In a few ways I can identify with Sarvarna, being in her thirties, not having any point of reference as to if she can or can't get pregnant and then going through that with a very supportive partner. I was immediately sucked in, is she going to give in and try to get pregnant? Does she get pregnant? What's next?
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