by: Emily Giffin
Published by: St Martin's Griffin
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Reviewed by Diane A Brown
“Deciding early in life not to be a mother, invited a myriad of confrontations…”
Even as a little girl, Claudia’s decision was very clear. When she played dolls with her sisters, she only wanted to be an aunt, so she could move on to more exciting pursuits. In later years, discovering boys didn’t change her mind. When her high school prom night rolled around, the number of children she wished for was a firm zero.
Claudia, now in her thirties, is a well-known book editor in New York City. Her personal convictions are still unaltered. Life is filled with work, friends, and enjoyable pursuits, minus children.
Love, that’s a different story. Everyone needs emotional attachments of the enduring kind. But for Claudia, her relationships quickly dissolved when the “no-kids factor” came up. That was true, until she met Ben. It just seemed they were soul mates, everything just clicked.
Claudia was thrilled when Ben was a firm believer in the “no-kids factor” and they have been married for three years. The impulsiveness they enjoy, while being unencumbered with children, is a vital part of their relationship. They share many common interests and dreams, and life just couldn’t be better.
However, when their idyllic relationship is hit by a tornado, everything changes. Their best friends, ardent supporters of the “no-kids factor,” have decide to have a child! Ben becomes absorbed in the entire process and when the baby arrives, he is hooked!
Claudia is confident this is just a passing phase and eventually Ben will move out of it. He makes numerous attempts to convince her that a baby would be a wonderful experience to share. Claudia, on the other hand, emphasizes how a baby will burden and alter the life they now enjoy.
What will be the outcome of this dilemma? Family influences, stubbornness and pride, will definitely have an impact.
Baby Proof is an insightful look into personal choices and how they deeply affect those you love. However, it felt like the first person viewpoint occasionally droned on and on, with way too much excess information.
Armchair Interviews says: This is definitely an interesting look at the possibilities of choosing “non-motherhood.”
Author’s Web site: http://www.emilygiffin.com
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