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The choices we make, Karma Brown

Label
The choices we make
Title
The choices we make
Statement of responsibility
Karma Brown
Title variation
Because of you
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate's skirt with a mirror. While they've been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can't help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created--complete with two perfect little girls. She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah's heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options, it's Kate's turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah's surrogate, but Kate is willing to use her own eggs to do so. Full of renewed hope, excitement and gratitude, these two families embark on an incredible journey toward parenthood...until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart. Poignant and refreshingly honest, The Choices We Make is a powerful tale of an incredible friendship and the risks we take to make our dreams come true"--Pg. [4] of cover
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  • Hannah and Kate have been best friends since fifth grade. Over the years, their friendship deepens, enveloping Hannah’s husband, Ben, and Kate’s husband, David, and David and Kate’s two daughters. So Kate feels Hannah’s pain when she is unable to bear a child. After years of trying—including three miscarriages and repeated IVF failures—Hannah is ashamed of her body and looking at other options, including surrogacy. Then, despite initial opposition from both David and Hannah, Kate offers to be the surrogate to carry Hannah and Ben’s baby. Kate is in her mid-30s, healthy except for occasional migraines, with two successful pregnancies behind her. What could go wrong? But, as is clear in the opening pages, something does go terribly wrong, threatening close bonds and involving medical experts and lawyers. Brown doesn’t sugarcoat loss here, any more than she did in her deeply moving debut, Come Away with Me (2015). However, she draws on her own experience—she herself became a mother through surrogacy—as she crafts an involving story suffused with emotion but grounded in reality. Have tissues at hand for this one. -- Leber, Michele (Reviewed 5/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 17, p67)
  • Brown’s second novel (after Come Away With Me) explores the potential complexities of friendship, motherhood, and gestational surrogacy through the lens of an unusual ethical quandary. Hannah has always wanted to be a mother, but after years of trying every procedure possible, she and her husband, Ben, have had no success. Hannah’s best friend, Kate, who’s spent years serving as a sounding board for Hannah’s woes while raising her own family, eventually offers to serve as a surrogate for Hannah and Ben. Despite initial reservations from Kate’s husband, David, everyone’s thrilled when she successfully becomes pregnant with a baby boy, and Hannah and Ben excitedly begin preparing for his arrival. Then tragedy strikes
			, and Ben and Hannah find themselves pitted against David as they balance fear and grief against a morass of ethical and medical controversies. Brown captures the pathos of infertility and Hannah’s impossible situation, but all four central characters are fairly unmemorable. The resolution may bring about a few sniffles, but stronger characterization and better dialogue would have wrung more from the promising premise. (July) --Staff (Reviewed 10/03/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 40, p)
  • In a novel exploring the fragile ties of friendship, love, and family, Brown (Come Away With Me, 2015) takes on the loaded subject of surrogate motherhood between a pair of best friends—and the unforeseen turmoil and tragedy that result. Hannah and Kate have been linked at the hip since fifth grade, and they possess the sort of easy intimacy—a constant daily connection—that some only find with family members or spouses and some find, well, never at all. Both in their mid-30s and happily ensconced in Bay Area homes with sweet, doting husbands, just one thing mars their otherwise idyllic-seeming friendship: the fact that Hannah and her husband, Ben, have been frantically trying to conceive for years, while Kate and husband David are already parents to two young daughters. Hannah wants to become a mother so badly, the subject of other people's babies can transform her into a seething pit of envy and pain. After a fresh round of fertility tests in which her doctor essentially tells Hannah to start looking into other options, she's understandably shattered. She has an off-putting aversion to adoption, which Brown doesn't really bother to explain, so Hannah immediately begins mulling over hiring a surrogate. When Kate steps up to the plate instead, offering not only to carry the baby, but her own eggs as well, Hannah and Ben find little reason to say no, and they excitedly begin the process. Kate quickly gets pregnant using Ben's sperm (it's a boy!), and everything moves along promisingly—until a series of dramatic health crises befall Kate, threatening to derail, well, everything. Lawyers become involved, as do protesters, and the four friends' bonds are tested to a degree no one would wish on a distant enemy. A compelling premise with a plot that intensifies satisfyingly in the second half, this book is a good bet for readers who don't shy away from difficult moral questions swirling around a sometimes-sappy center.(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2016)
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10490438
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BTCTA
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Brown, Karma
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9199.4.B758536
LC item number
C48 2016
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Married people
  • Female friendship
  • Surrogate mothers
Target audience
adult
Label
The choices we make, Karma Brown
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Copyright
Note
Includes reader's guide
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
316 pages
Isbn
9780778318934
Lccn
2016479062
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 928121078
  • (OCoLC)928121078
Label
The choices we make, Karma Brown
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes reader's guide
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
316 pages
Isbn
9780778318934
Lccn
2016479062
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 928121078
  • (OCoLC)928121078

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