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Nearness of You

Amanda Eyre Ward

A deeply personal story about what defines a mother from the critically acclaimed author of How to Be Lost and The Same Sky In this profound and lyrical novel, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward explores the deeper meanings of motherhood--from the first blissful hello to the heart-wrenching prospect of saying goodbye. Brilliant heart surgeon Suzette Kendall is stunned when Hyland, her husband of fifteen years, admits his yearning for a child. From the beginning they'd decided that having children was not an option, as Suzette feared passing along the genes that landed her mother in a mental institution. But Hyland proposes a different idea: a baby via surrogate. Suzette agrees, and what follows is a whirlwind of candidate selections, hospital visits, and Suzette's doubts over whether she's made the right decision. A young woman named Dorothy Muscarello is chosen as the one who will help make this family complete. For Dorrie, surrogacy (and the money that comes with it) are her opportunity to leave behind a troubled past and create a future for herself--one full of possibility. But this situation also forces all three of them--Dorrie, Suzette, and Hyland--to face a devastating uncertainty that will reverberate in the years to come. Beautifully shifting between perspectives, The Nearness of You deftly explores the connections we form, the families we create, and the love we hold most dear.

A deeply personal story about what defines a mother from the critically acclaimed author of How to Be Lost and The Same Sky In this profound and lyrical novel, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward explores the deeper meanings of motherhood--from the first blissful hello to the heart-wrenching prospect of saying goodbye. Brilliant heart surgeon Suzette Kendall is stunned when Hyland, her husband of fifteen years, admits his yearning for a child. From the beginning they'd decided that having children was not an option, as Suzette feared passing along the genes that landed her mother in a mental institution. But Hyland proposes a different idea: a baby via surrogate. Suzette agrees, and what follows is a whirlwind of candidate selections, hospital visits, and Suzette's doubts over whether she's made the right decision. A young woman named Dorothy Muscarello is chosen as the one who will help make this family complete. For Dorrie, surrogacy (and the money that comes with it) are her opportunity to leave behind a troubled past and create a future for herself--one full of possibility. But this situation also forces all three of them--Dorrie, Suzette, and Hyland--to face a devastating uncertainty that will reverberate in the years to come. Beautifully shifting between perspectives, The Nearness of You deftly explores the connections we form, the families we create, and the love we hold most dear.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A deeply personal story about what defines a mother from the critically acclaimed author of How to Be Lost and The Same Sky In this profound and lyrical novel, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward explores the deeper meanings of motherhood--from the first blissful hello to the heart-wrenching prospect of saying goodbye. Brilliant heart surgeon Suzette Kendall is stunned when Hyland, her husband of fifteen years, admits his yearning for a child. From the beginning they'd decided that having children was not an option, as Suzette feared passing along the genes that landed her mother in a mental institution. But Hyland proposes a different idea: a baby via surrogate. Suzette agrees, and what follows is a whirlwind of candidate selections, hospital visits, and Suzette's doubts over whether she's made the right decision. A young woman named Dorothy Muscarello is chosen as the one who will help make this family complete. For Dorrie, surrogacy (and the money that comes with it) are her opportunity to leave behind a troubled past and create a future for herself--one full of possibility. But this situation also forces all three of them--Dorrie, Suzette, and Hyland--to face a devastating uncertainty that will reverberate in the years to come. Beautifully shifting between perspectives, The Nearness of You deftly explores the connections we form, the families we create, and the love we hold most dear.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Therese Plummer, Suzy Jackson, Susan Bennett

Length:

6h 33m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

02:37


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

13:33


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

16:27


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

10:47


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

09:32


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

02:02


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

07:30


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

13:59


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

04:22


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

06:40


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

04:50


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

05:18


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

07:13


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

06:11


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

07:24


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

10:46


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

19:25


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

06:52


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

07:09


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

09:55


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

03:04


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

03:00


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

12:56


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

02:37


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

04:58


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

06:11


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

09:26


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

09:09


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

04:42


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

01:15


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

00:15


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

03:55


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

05:39


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

11:05


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

08:00


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

07:03


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

11:31


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

16:08


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

04:58


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

05:09


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

07:12


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

05:21


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

11:51


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

05:35


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

08:49


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

02:57


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

05:06


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

05:41


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

09:20


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

03:45


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

07:11


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

09:10


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

03:19


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

01:37


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

02:27


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

00:34