A fantastic book club choice, this will spark debate and discussions aplenty. After multiple rounds of failed IVF, Lauren and her husband feel completely deflated, so when Lauren's 54-year-old mother, Ruth, offers to be a surrogate, it seems pefect. A well researched and compelling read.
Surrogacy stirs up a complex swirl of ethics and emotions, easily lending itself to sensationalism. It’s a trap that Spindler’s intimate, equitable debut novel dodges, even as the ramifications of Ruth’s decision predictably blow the happy Furnival family apart. Instead, this is a book that’s overly burdened by its mission to educate, meaning that, despite deft structuring, the early chapters tend to get bogged down in meticulous probing of moral and biological boundaries, often via some pretty clunky dialogue. As the plot quickens, however, the prose improves; when it comes to describing a crisis, of which there are plenty, it soars.