August 08, 2006

Book Review: Baby Proof

When I heard there was a novel dealing with the topic of being childfree I knew I had to check it out. When I found out Emily Giffin (writer of Something Borrowed) had written this childfree novel titled Baby Proof I had a really good feeling about it.

I wrote a review and contemplated how the topic of childfree had been explored throughout the story.

Basically there is a main character who’s married the love of her life whom initially tells her that, like her, he also would like to remain childfree. She’s happy to realize she found someone who understands where she’s coming from and everything seems too good to be true. That’s when he drops the bomb: he’s changed his mind and he would like to have a child.

The story is about whether or not a couple can make it work when one wants a child and the other adamantly does not. You have to wonder which is more important to you: the freedom of not being a parent or being with your soul mate?

I think what I liked most about this novel was how it clearly defined the reasoning behind so many women choosing to stay childfree. So many times I was nodding my head in agreement with the main character like when she said she didn't want to ruin her already very happy relationship by having a child.

I hope there are more books like this in the future and I will keep my eye out for them.

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Anonymous said...

Robin - Thanks for sharing this book with us.

There are very few modern Purple Women represented in nonfiction or the movies. No Kidding, also the name of an international social club for childfree adults, is a book I read and reviewed (March 2006). I also enjoyed the fresh perspective -- that of the non-mom.

In January I wrote about Smilla Jasperson, the lead character in Smilla's Sense of Snow. I discovered her in the movie version first, her character is played by the beautiful Julia Ormond. Her childfree status was crystalized for me when I got my hands on a copy of the book, which is written by a man and became an international best seller.

The quote:

"...the world is always so busy wondering why a single, defenseless woman, if she's in my age group, doesn't have a husband and a couple of charming little toddlers. Over time you develop an allergic reaction to the question."

I wonder what life experience made him so smart on the subject?

I'd like to know more heroines who are Purple. I encourage everyone to send me their favorites (fictional characters who are childfree women) and I'll post the list one page one for all to see.

Oh, I just thought of another...!

Robin said...

I've never seen Smilla's Sense of Snow but now I really want to!