Two best friends rewrite the rules of friendship, love and family…and change everything they thought they knew about motherhood
Paris Kahn Fraser has it all—a successful career as an assistant district attorney, a beautiful home in New York City, and a handsome, passionate husband who chose her over having a family of his own. Neal’s dream of fatherhood might have been the only shadow in their otherwise happy life…until Paris’s best friend comes to town.
Naira Dalmia never thought she’d be a widow before thirty. Left reeling in the aftermath of her husband’s death, all she wants is to start over. She trades Mumbai for New York, and rigid family expectations for the open acceptance of her best friend. After all, there isn’t anything she and Paris wouldn’t do for each other.
But when Paris asks Naira to be their surrogate, they’ll learn if their friendship has what it takes to defy society, their families and even their own biology as these two best friends embark on a journey that will change their lives forever.
Wry, daring and utterly absorbing, The Object of Your Affections is an unforgettable story about two women challenging the norms…and the magic that happens when we choose to forge our own path.
In this ambitious adult contemporary, Kothari (My Last Love Story) delivers a rich story of a married couple wrangling with the multiplicity of modern-day reproductive options. Paris Kahn is a Manhattan assistant district attorney, South Asian by birth and Jewish by adoption; her husband, Neal Singh Fraser, is a world-famous jewelry designer in line for a Scottish lordship. Neal desperately wants children. Paris doesn't want to go through pregnancy and childbirth but decides that surrogacy would be acceptable. She asks her college friend, Naira, to be their surrogate, but Naira is still reeling from recent widowhood and a mass of family complications that came with it. Unsurprisingly, the pregnancy process digs up everyone's deepest feelings about family, children, and partnership. The plot is fairly predictable as a result, since there are only so many things fundamentally decent people can do in such a situation, but the characters are well-defined, and the ways that surrogacy does and doesn't fit with Naira's conservative Indian family are nuanced and considered. Paris's own adoption angst is handled a little overbearingly, but overall, the emotional and ethical dilemmas feel authentic as well as entertaining. Readers who have been on their own infertility or surrogacy journeys will feel many pangs of commonality with these all-too-human characters.)