From the author of the internationally bestselling novels My Best Friend s Girl and Marshmallows for Breakfast comes an incredibly moving, powerfully written new novel about motherhood, love, loss, and new beginnings. Read more...
From the author of the internationally bestselling novels My Best Friend s Girl and Marshmallows for Breakfast comes an incredibly moving, powerfully written new novel about motherhood, love, loss, and new beginnings.
Nova will do anything for her closest friend, Mal, whom she has known since childhood. So when Mal and his wife, Stephanie, ask Nova to be a surrogate mother, she agrees despite her reservations about what it might mean for their friendship. Then Nova s fears are realized. Halfway through the pregnancy, Stephanie finds a text from her husband to Nova that reads Goodnight, beautiful. Already suspicious of their deep connection, Stephanie demands that Mal cut all ties to Nova and their unborn baby, leaving Nova to raise the child alone.
Eight years later, Nova is anxiously waiting for her son, Leo, to wake up from a coma, while childless Stephanie is desperately trying to save her failing marriage. Despite her anger and hurt, Nova wants Mal to have the chance to know his son before it s too late. Will it take a tragedy to remind them all how much they mean to one another?"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2010-08-23
- Reviewer: Staff
This tearjerker from British novelist/journalist Koomson (Marshmallows for Breakfast) explores the experience of a parent coping with a critically ill child. Seven-year-old Leo may never wake up from a medically induced coma after an aneurysm and a delicate operation. If that's not harsh enough, his mother, Nova Kumalisi, is also desperate for Leo's birth father, Mal, to know their son before it's too late. Leo is the result of Nova's agreeing to be a surrogate for lifelong friend Mal and his wife, Stephanie, but in the middle of the pregnancy, Stephanie became jealous of Nova and Mal's relationship and opted out of the arrangement. Nova chose to keep Leo and raise him on her own while Mal cut all ties with her and the child at his wife's request. Brimming with portents, this moving story captures the despair of a parent facing the prospect of losing a child. Best read with tissues at the ready. (Oct.)