Origins of Love by Kishwar Desai

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To her immense credit, Desai not only shows both sides of the story – she's at pains to explain the imperative behind the decisions made by an English couple desperate for a baby – but fashions a page-turning narrative from the issue.
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In Delhi a small baby lies alone and abandoned. The product of IVF and surrogacy, she had been so coveted - until she was born with a fatal illness. No one knows how the infection could have been transferred to the child, but one thing is certain: no one wants her now. Thousands of miles away in London, Kate and Ben are desperate for a baby. But, despite all their efforts, fate seems to be skewed against them. Then, as Kate suffers another miscarriage, she knows something has to change. She has heard of women who are prepared to carry a baby for others, and she knows this might be a way to finally find happiness. But will her desire for a baby stop at nothing...? And between the two, feisty social worker Simran Singh is determined to uncover the truth behind the shadowy facade of the multi-million dollar surrogacy industry. Women and children are being exploited, their lives thrown away like so much dust. Is she is the only person prepared to stand up for what is right...?
 

About Kishwar Desai

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Kishwar Desai is an author and journalist. She splits her time between Delhi, Goa and London. Follow her on twitter @kishwardesai
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Ltd. 470 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ben East on Jan 26 2013

To her immense credit, Desai not only shows both sides of the story – she's at pains to explain the imperative behind the decisions made by an English couple desperate for a baby – but fashions a page-turning narrative from the issue.

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