Amanda Eyre Ward - THE NEARNESS OF YOU

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
The Nearness of You: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101887158
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Ballantine Books - February 21st, 2017

In this profound and lyrical novel, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward explores the deeper meanings of motherhood from the first blissful hello to the heart-wrenching prospect of saying goodbye.

Brilliant heart surgeon Suzette Kendall is stunned when Hyland, her husband of fifteen years, admits his yearning for a child. From the beginning they'd decided that having children was not an option, as Suzette feared passing along the genes that landed her mother in a mental institution. But Hyland proposes a different idea: a baby via surrogate.

Suzette agrees, and what follows is a whirlwind of candidate selection, hospital visits, and Suzette's doubts over whether she's made the right decision. A young woman named Dorothy Muscarello is chosen as the one who will help make this family complete. For Dorrie, surrogacy (and the money that comes with it) are her opportunity to leave behind a troubled past and create a future for herself one full of possibility. But this situation also forces all three of them Dorrie, Suzette, and Hyland to face a devastating uncertainty that will reverberate in the years to come.

Beautifully shifting between perspectives, THE NEARNESS OF YOU deftly explores the connections we form, the families we create, and the love we hold most dear.