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Baby Proof: A Novel

by Emily Giffin

St. Martin's Press | May 15, 2007 | Trade Paperback |

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A novel that explores the question: Is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?

Claudia Parr has everything going for her. A successful editor at a publishing house in Manhattan, she''s also a devoted sister, aunt, and friend. Yet she''s never wanted to become a mother--which she discovers is a major hurdle to marriage, something she desperately wants. Then she meets her soul mate Ben who, miraculously, feels the same way about parenthood. The two fall in love and marry, committed to one another and their life of adventure and discovery. All''s well until one of them has a change of heart. Someone wants a baby after all.

This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things and there is no compromise. It''s about deciding what is most important in life and wagering everything to get it. And most of all, it''s about the things we will--and won''t--do for love.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: May 15, 2007

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312348657

ISBN - 13: 9780312348656

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Baby Proof: A Novel

by Emily Giffin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: May 15, 2007

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312348657

ISBN - 13: 9780312348656

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BABY PROOF (Chapter One) I never wanted to be a mother. Even when I was a little girl, playing dolls with my two sisters, I assumed the role of the good Aunt Claudia. I would bathe and diaper and cradle their plastic babies and then be on my way, on to more exciting pursuits in the backyard or basement. Grown-ups called my position on motherhood "cute"--flashing me that same knowing smile they give little boys who insist that all girls have cooties. To them, I was just a spunky tomboy who would someday fall in love and fall in line. Those grown-ups turned out to be partially right. I did outgrow my tomboy stage and I did fall in love--several times, in fact--beginning with my high school boyfriend, Charlie. But when Charlie gazed into my eyes after our senior prom and asked me how many children I wanted, I reported a firm "zero." "None?" Charlie looked startled, as if I had just confessed to him a terrible, dark secret. "Why not?" I had a lot of reasons, which I laid out that night, but none that satisfied him. Charlie wasn''t alone. Of the many boyfriends who followed him, none seemed to understand or accept my feelings. And although my relationships ended for a variety of reasons, I always had the sense that babies were a factor. Still, I truly believed that I would someday find my guy, that one person who would love me as is, without condition, without the promise of children. I was willing to wait for him. But around the time I turned thirty, I came to terms with the fact
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A novel that explores the question: Is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?

Claudia Parr has everything going for her. A successful editor at a publishing house in Manhattan, she''s also a devoted sister, aunt, and friend. Yet she''s never wanted to become a mother--which she discovers is a major hurdle to marriage, something she desperately wants. Then she meets her soul mate Ben who, miraculously, feels the same way about parenthood. The two fall in love and marry, committed to one another and their life of adventure and discovery. All''s well until one of them has a change of heart. Someone wants a baby after all.

This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things and there is no compromise. It''s about deciding what is most important in life and wagering everything to get it. And most of all, it''s about the things we will--and won''t--do for love.

From the Jacket

Praise for the novels of Emily Giffin:
On "Something Blue":
"Giffin''s writing is warm and engaging; [a] captivating tale."
--"Booklist ("starred review)""
"Highly entertaining . . . Despite a happy ending, Giffin raises thorny questions."
--"Boston"" Globe" ""
"Witty and compelling."
--"Charlotte Observer"
"The author''s impressive knack for intimacy and insight . . . sparkles in this delightful novel."
--"Hamptons"""
"Smartly written . . . lightly rendered lessons about what really matters in life."
--"Winston-Salem"" Journal"
"Giffin''s plotting and prose are so engaging."
--"Chicago"" Sun-Times"
On "Something Borrowed": ""
"Both hilarious and thoughtfully written . . . You may never think of friendships--their duties, the oblique dances of power and their give-and-take--quite the same way again."
--"Seattle"" Times"
"Sharply observed and beautifully etched."
--"Newark"" Star-Ledger"
"Page-turning, heartbreakingly honest."
--"Entertainment Weekly," Grade A
"Delightful...winning and real."
--"Glamour"
"Sprightly . . . dead-on dialogue, real-life complexity, and genuine warmth."
--"Sarasota"" Herald-Tribune"
"Captures what it''s like to be thirty and single in the city, when your life pretty much revolves around friendships and love and their attendant complexities."
--"San Francisco"" Chronicle"
"A thrill to read."
--"Washington"" Post"

About the Author

Emily Giffin is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels, including Something Borrowed, which has been adapted as a major motion picture. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she lives in Atlanta with her family. To learn more, visit www.emilygiffin.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Giffin''s writing is true, smart, and heartfelt. Claudia is both flawed and achingly real." — Entertainment Weekly "Smart, snappy...sure to provoke discussion." — People "[An] entertaining and unpredictable quest." — Redbook "[A] wry twist on the classic relationship deal-breaker." — New York Times "When it comes to writing stories that resonate with real women, best-selling author Emily Giffin has hit her stride. [BABY PROOF] examines the great lengths people go for each other, and is filled with great female characters." — San Francisco Chronicle "Thoughtful…The idea that someone, especially a woman, might sincerely just not want to have children is a stubborn taboo. Giffin carefully navigates its implications, drawing Claudia as both painfully self-aware and prone to bouts of romantic naivete…[and] paints [her] heartbreak at losing Ben with sensitivity and grace." — Chicago Sun-Times "One of the sharpest writers out there…profound, humorous, and reveals layers about a woman''s deepest desires." — Arizona Republic "Thought-provoking meditation on our culture''s focus on parenthood and family." — Washington Post "Emily Giffin [is a] creator of characters so real and so enthrallingly flawed that people sometimes forget they are fictional.  Complicated and unexpected." — Atlanta Journal Constitution "[The characters are] funny and flawed, ambitious and insecure, relatable enough to feel like a good f
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From the author of the smash hits Something Borrowed and Something Blue comes a novel that explores the question: is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?
First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes . . . a baby carriage? Isn''t that what all women want?
Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart. One of them wants children after all.
This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things. It''s about feeling that your life is set and then realizing that nothing is as you thought it was---and that there is no possible compromise. It''s about deciding what is most important in life, and taking chances to get it. But most of all, it''s about the things we will do---and won''t do---for love.
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