Every Kind of Wanting

Counterpoint. Sept. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781619027220. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781619028623. F
Frangello (A Life in Men) shows readers how complicated it can get when one wants a baby. Chad and his partner Miguel have asked Chad's sister Gretchen to donate her eggs so they can try to start a family. Fortysomething Gretchen is unhappily married to Troy; they have a young boy named Gray. Chad and Miguel still need a surrogate for the baby. They run into Emily, an old high school friend of Miguel's who offers to be their surrogate. She is married to Nick, a playwright/actor, and they have two kids. Also involved in this complicated situation is Lina, Miguel's troubled sister, who begins an affair with Nick after appearing in his play. Much of the book revolves around struggles in the characters' relationships with one another and the secrets that could tear them apart.
VERDICT Funny and also dark, with likable characters, Frangello's novel is recommended for fans of witty fiction such as titles by Curtis Sittenfeld.
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