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Avery Tacconi has everything she ever wanted except for one small thing-a baby. Then her husband, Dan, discovers he has a ten-year-old son he never knew about. With the boy's mother now deceased, Dan is the guardian-and he's anxious to bring his son into their life. But for Avery, this child is a constant reminder of her own inability to conceive-and of Dan's secret, sordid past. This is not the man she fell in love with. And this is not a part of the life she's mapped out. Only when Avery is able to open her ...

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Overview

Avery Tacconi has everything she ever wanted except for one small thing-a baby. Then her husband, Dan, discovers he has a ten-year-old son he never knew about. With the boy's mother now deceased, Dan is the guardian-and he's anxious to bring his son into their life. But for Avery, this child is a constant reminder of her own inability to conceive-and of Dan's secret, sordid past. This is not the man she fell in love with. And this is not a part of the life she's mapped out. Only when Avery is able to open her heart to all of life's possibilities will she appreciate her imperfect, unexpected family for what it truly is.

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Avery Tacconi, the 28-year-old heroine of Incl n's latest (after 2003's When You Go Away), wants everything to be perfect, but life keeps getting in the way of her plans in this endearing story. At first, fertility problems loom large Avery abandoned a promising career to put more effort into conceiving but soon enough her husband's secret past takes center stage. It turns out that before Dan straightened up and went to business school, he was a drug addict who got his then-girlfriend, Randi, pregnant without knowing it. Surprise! On a lovely summer night in the California suburb of Monte Veda, Dan gets a phone call informing him that Randi has died and left behind a 10-year-old boy, Daniel, who's probably his son. Avery who's emotionally scarred from a childhood marred by her father's death and her mother's subsequent depression shows little compassion for what she perceives as a sordid situation. She returns to work, where she's tempted by a love affair. Avery's bad behavior, especially when contrasted with Dan's superb adaptation to fatherhood, is an unexpected plot point that works. Daniel's arrival in Dan and Avery's home offers Incl n the chance to paint touching and realistic scenes that lift her story above standard soap opera fare. Predictably, Avery comes around in the end, but it's an intriguing and at times maddening journey getting her there. Agent, Tom Barber. (Apr. 6) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780451211194
  • Publisher: N A L Trade
  • Publication date: 4/6/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Barksdale Inclán teaches writing, mythology, and women's literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. She was a 2002-03 recipient of an Artist's Fellowship for Literature from the California Arts Council.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2004

    Eye Opener!

    What an amazing book! I can't imagine not being able to have children. I know that in trying to have my 2nd child it took longer than I wanted and I was so dissappointed. I felt so sorry for Avery. The book examines this husband/wife relationship and how they cope with change. Sometimes I found myself sticking up for Avery and other times sticking up for Dan. Sometimes in an arguement with a spouse you only see your side and block out the other persons point of view. I found myself loving the idea of seeing both sides. It sure opens your eyes! Each of these characters talk to their friends and family more than each other and you just start wishing they would talk together. Then Avery starts to fall for someone else and everything is spinning out of control. All this is happening while Daniel is trying to start his new life with this family. So many times when Avery talked about hugging Daniel I just wanted her to! Oh, this poor booy! Well, I loved this book!

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