Baby-Dreams Author:Maxine Paetro Babydreams is captivating contemporary fiction - entertaining, provocative, and immersely moving in equal parts. Stevie Weinberger, Maxine Paetro's 39 yr old heroine, faces the questions that obsess the 'Thirtysomething" generation - the conflict between the person we remember and the person we've become, the difficulty of sustaining a relation... more »ship while keeping to the fast track, and ultimately, the decision of whether or not to have a baby.
Stevie is a successful New York City talk show host who comes fact to face with her past and all the quesitons she thought were far behind her when a former college sweetheart reenters her life. While in college, Stevie became pregant by Andy, a promising your baseball player. Madly in love, and confident of Andy's feelings for her, Stevie has visions of baby, marriage, and happily-ever-after. But the dream turns into a nighmare when Andy tels her that his former girlfriend Carol is pregnant and he must marry her: Devastated, Stevie is left with no choice but to abort.
Twenty years later, whith a brilliant career and a loving man who adores her, Stevie has never looked back. Until the past directly confronts her as Carol, divorced from Andy, bitter about their botched marriage, and envious of Stevie's seemingly have-it-all glamorous life, pays a visit with her daughter Lisa. Stevie and Lisa get along famously, and soon Stevie begins to long for her own child - a prospect that panics her lover Philip (divorced father of two teenagers and that's enough thank you very much). When Andy comes back - ready to pick up where they left off twenty years earlier - Stevie is forced to reevaluate her priorities and reexamine the life she's chosen in light of what still could be.
Babydreams is an emotion-packed roller coaster ride that any woman who has ever contemplated or consummated motherhood will love from start to finish. k With her fingers firmly planted on the pulse of American womanhood (and her ear keenly turned to the universal ticking biological time clock), Maxine Paetro has written a fresh, joyous, and thought-provoking novel as witty as it is insightful and as entertaining as it is compassionate.« less