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The Thin Pink Lineby Lauren Baratz-Logsted
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In a society stricken with baby fever, don't miss this outrageous comic novel of one single, non-pregnant woman's need to cross the line, er, the thin pink line, that separates the pregos from the rest of us. Whether you love, like or despise children, you won't be able to turn away from Jane's seemingly crazy, but surprisingly normal world. Twenty-nine-year-old Jane Taylor gets so blissfully caught up in the fact that she's pregnant — and tells everyone — that she can't own up to the truth whenshe finds out that she never was. Her live-in boyfriend, a suspender-snapping Do Right Dudley, has offered to "stand by her" in marriage, and for once Jane feels . . . well, normal. Jane is far from perfect — and the farthest thing from a mommy one could imagine. But she is only human, and what woman doesn't want the kind of attention that comes with pregnancy? After all, "pregnancy" has just made her life a whole lot better. Suddenly, it's all about her. Men are opening doors, and doors are opening for her at work, too. No longer is she second fiddle to her perfect sister, Sophie (who happens to be seven months pregnant). And her mother is giving her all the attention she's ever craved. Jane gets further and further embroiled in her "pregnancy," which makes it even harder to end. And just as she's about to fess up, something outrageous happens that compels Jane, a single-woman-who will-never-likely-be-a-mother, to carry this baby charade to term. To complicate things further, Jane meets the man of her dreams, and must choose between him . . . and the "baby." Between baby showers and mood swings, Jane begins to take on the real-life symptoms of pregnancy, and we see her grow, so to speak, to become the person she's always had the potential to be.
"Faking it — hilariously....Wonderfully funny debut with a fine sense of the absurd and a flair for comic characterization." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Jane's own adventures are more daring than many of her fellow single-female heroines, and Baratz-Logsted's premise is hilarious and original....[R]eaders will be rooting for her..." Publishers Weekly
Jane Taylor gets so blissfully caught up in the fact she's pregnant — subsequently telling everyone — that she can't live up to the truth when, mere days later, she finds out that there's no bun in the proverbial oven. But she is only human, and what woman doesn't want the kind of attention that comes with pregnancy? Why shouldn't she get a little attention: doors held open, seats given up for her? In a society stricken with baby fever, this outrageous comic novel explores one single non-pregnant woman's need to cross the thin pink line.
When she discovers that she is not really pregnant, although she has told everyone that she is, Jane Taylor decides to keep up the charade when her boyfriend proposes marriage and she is finally the center of attention.
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