This is the story of three women whose lives become intertwined. The chapters alternate to each woman’s story. The book tackles the difficult topic of surrogacy and it’s legal and emotional consequences. I don’t want to reveal too much of the story except to say that having read all of Weiner’s books, I think this is her best by far.
As always, Weiner’s writing is both funny and poignant:
“We had tickets to the opera (I guzzled Red Bull in the ladies’ room to keep from dozing off during the arias.)”
“I tasted old pennies in my mouth, and felt a strange mixture of excitement and regret… except regret wasn’t exactly the right word. Pre-gret was more like it- the sadness you could feel over something that hasn’t happened yet.”
To the surrogate mother, the trophy wife says, “You’re not just the Tupperware, you know.”
“…-a first wife. Seeing one of those was sort of like glimpsing a rare bird or monkey, a member of the endangered species, upright and uncaged and walking among us.”
“I knew exactly how I must have looked to her: too pretty, too thin, too young. I might as well have been wearing a tiara that spelled out the words TROPHY WIFE in flashing neon bulbs above my head.”
engleman&co provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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