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Kit Reed's novel takes place in an all-too-possible future where the world is running out of babies -- and some desperate couples will do absolutely anything to have their own little bundle of joy.
No one knows exactly why the world's collective birth rate is plummeting. (Toxins in the air? Two-career families? Hormones in the food? Overused birth control?) But women like Maury Bayless, a 40-something corporate lawyer, are losing hope. ("She's been through so many medical procedures that her confidence hangs in tatters around her ankles like exploded pantyhose.") Maury's husband, Jake Zorn, is a famous investigative television journalist, and when he finds out about a man named Tom Starbird who specializes in highly confidential -- and highly illegal -- adoptions, Zorn decides to blackmail the baby merchant into finding a suitable child. But when Starbird unintentionally meets his "mark" -- Sasha Egan, a pregnant grad student on the run from the unborn baby's overbearing father -- he suffers a crisis of conscience and is forced to make some life-altering decisions…
Like other Reed novels dealing with cultural fixations -- Thinner than Thou, @expectations, et al. -- The Baby Merchant is an unapologetically provocative and deeply disturbing cautionary tale with both thematic barrels aimed directly at some of our society's most deep-seated obsessions: the quest for eternal youth, celebrity, greed, and the sometimes overwhelming need to just belong. Powered by razor-sharp wit and profoundly moving insight, The Baby Merchant is vintage Kit Reed. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen