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Passionate embryologist, Savarna, is in a complicated relationship, with two different women, when she is told that she Must have a baby. Her conservative East Indian American parents are desperate for her to conceive, in spite of her “not being married”. They insist that she is the last in line of a great spiritual lineage. In the process of choosing her lover and having doubts about her ability, or desire to conceive, Savarna begins to question the necessity of biology and lineage within her parents’ beliefs and becomes forever fascinated with the process of conception and the definition of family. Threads of Dan Brown (DaVinci Code), Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Sister of My Heart) and The L Word (Tv series) flavor this colorful tale of awakening, romance and mystery.
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2018
Savarna is an embryologist helping other women in their quest for pregnancy. She works with one of her best buds, Johnny, a friendly and disarming black man who is a pivotal character in the book. When Savarna’s conservative Asian parents, who are stereotypically meddling yet caring, insist that she continue the family’s lineage, the young Indian woman slowly warms up to the idea—at least in terms of conceiving a child, but to a lesser extent in regard to the somewhat bizarre notion her folks present to her.
“We often live out our dreams through our children.”
The fact that Savarna is a lesbian and has yet to tell her parents of her sexual orientation turns out to be the least of her problems. Despite all the tests she has done indicating she’s a healthy and fertile woman, she is unable to get pregnant. The journey Savarna takes along with Johnny, her donor, and Charley, her partner, draws the reader into an emotional saga of compassion, grief, love, and understanding.
A thought-provoking and entertaining read, The Last Conception is without a doubt a five-star read!
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2018
This is a story about so many things. It’s about life; it’s about family; it’s about love. Savarna is a talented embryologist who – at first – lacks both a committed relationship and the desire to even have a child. Then, without telling her why, her family begins to pressure her to get pregnant.
The reader is in the dark for a short while about the reason for Savarna’s parents’ sudden obsession – but when the secret is revealed, whew, it’s a doozy!
Journey with Savarna as she travels the road to commitment with her long-time girlfriend, Charley; as she learns the deep mysteries of her family’s past; and as she explores the concept of motherhood for the very first time.
Five huge stars from me!
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018
He has written for numerous magazines, newspapers and journals throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Asia; has 14 books published in the U.S. and continues to write fiction, non-fiction and screenplays. His latest work of non-fiction is A B.R.A.V.E. YEAR: 52 WEEKS BEING MINDFUL.
Dr. Constans has worked as a trauma counselor in a variety of situations and environments, most notably with local and international non-profit organizations such as hospice, the coroner’s office, hospitals, state prisons, the Center for Street Children and the Ihangane Project (both in Rwanda).
His classes on grief, loss, hope and transformation, can be found at The Figley Institute and Quantum Continuing Education Online.