Zoe Baxter’s dream is to have a large family, but even one child proves difficult to come by. Zoe, a music therapist, and her husband, Max, spend many years and countless dollars trying to conceive. Finally pregnant, Zoe thinks that she is in the homestretch; during her baby shower, she is rushed to the hospital and gives birth to a stillborn.
Despite the trauma, Zoe is eager to use the remaining embryos from the IVF. Max, on the other hand, has had enough of false expectations and decides to leave the marriage. Feeling lost and betrayed, Zoe finds solace in a new friend, and the friendship soon turns into something much more. Her friend, Vanessa, happens to be a woman.
When Vanessa offers to have a child for the couple using Zoe’s and Max’s embryos, Zoe is over the moon at the prospect of finally becoming a mother. However, a simple release form becomes a sticking point as Max, newly a member of an Evangelical church, sues Zoe for the rights to their “unborn children”. Suddenly, Zoe and Vanessa’s desire for a family puts them in the midst of a public storm surrounding their rights, or lack thereof, as a married couple, their sexuality and their ability to raise children.
Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, and in my mind, she can do little wrong. As most of Picoult’s books, Sing You Home is inspired by the controversial topic of gay rights. The book, accompanied by a CD of songs written by Picoult, is touching, well written and will have you questioning your own beliefs of what constitutes a family.
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