Fertility: A Novel

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It seems a perfect match: Sarah Abadhi, an infertile workaholic attorney with no hope or expectation of marriage and babies, and Rick Smith, a driven PICU doctor who's allergic to commitment. After meeting on a high-profile malpractice case, they spend five perfect months together, but things are brought to a screeching halt when Sarah inexplicably becomes pregnant.

After they part company, the unexpected pregnancy drives them to cultivate the ...

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Overview

It seems a perfect match: Sarah Abadhi, an infertile workaholic attorney with no hope or expectation of marriage and babies, and Rick Smith, a driven PICU doctor who's allergic to commitment. After meeting on a high-profile malpractice case, they spend five perfect months together, but things are brought to a screeching halt when Sarah inexplicably becomes pregnant.

After they part company, the unexpected pregnancy drives them to cultivate the barren landscapes of their interior lives.
Set in contemporary New York City, Fertility will appeal to readers who enjoy curling up with a complex love story - one where the two protagonists have to dig deep within themselves to overcome the hand they've been dealt. An excellent choice for women's book groups.

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In Gelberg's debut novel, workaholics Sarah and Rick are perfect for each other--until an unexpected pregnancy makes them rethink their priorities. The novel opens with the most shocking of images: a young baby in a hospital, bleeding from every orifice. The infant survives, but it falls to Sarah Abadhi, a lawyer working for the hospital, to figure out what went wrong. The hardworking, no-nonsense attorney quickly uncovers a series of missteps by hospital staff that led to the child being given an overdose of the anti-coagulant heparin. During her investigation, she meets Rick Smith, the pediatrician who managed to save the baby's life, and they have an immediate connection. Together, they agree the hospital should admit fault and try to avoid a lawsuit by funneling millions into correcting hospital shortages. Their plan succeeds, and they soon start a relationship outside the office. Rick, who has no desire to start a family, is perfectly content to discover that an old chlamydia infection has made Sarah infertile. However, not long after their courtship begins, Sarah becomes pregnant. Practical as always, she decides to leave the relationship to have the child, believing this may be her only chance to conceive, and relinquishes Rick of responsibility for the baby. Rick accepts these terms. The two separate but are brought together again shortly after the child is born, after a series of unpredictable events make them both re-evaluate their desires. The story's message is ultimately a hopeful one--about forgiveness, compassion and second chances. The novel's prose, particularly its dialogue, can be a bit flat at times ("I want us to be friends as well as lovers," Rick tells Sarah matter-of-factly), and although the characters are likable, they don't feel particularly complex. The overall story, however, moves along well; the plot builds nicely to keep readers sufficiently interested and curious, and its secondary characters, such as Sarah's Jewish grandmother, add some engaging flavor. A solid love story about overcoming physical and emotional odds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482326222
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer, teacher, Brooklyn native, Ph.D. in labor relations, gardener, wife and mother are some fitting descriptors of Denise Gelberg. Since leaving the classroom in 2006, she has devoted herself to writing about the things that occupy her thoughts during long swims and runs. An advocate for children, she has written about the current state of education reform in the United States, including the book The "Business" of Reforming American Schools (SUNY Press). Fertility is her debut novel.

Denise Gelberg lives with her husband and two dogs - Sophie, a standard poodle and Rowdy, an aptly named wire fox terrier - on fourteen acres of rolling hillside ten miles west of Ithaca, New York.

Readers can reach Denise Gelberg at denisegelberg@yahoo.com. Check out her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    An riveting story about two bright, young professionals who have

    An riveting story about two bright, young professionals who have been as damaged by the modern world as they have been successful. Gelberg's painstaking attention to detail and rich character development make this book nearly impossible to put down as the characters come to life. Time and time again the characters enable good to come of the hardships and tragedy they experience. We are allowed to see how small mistakes or missteps can alter the course of a life forever. This is a story that will stay with you long after reading the last page.

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