Perfect Life

Perfect Life

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Baker & Taylor
Donating sperm to his ex-girlfriend Jenny in order to assist her efforts to become a mother, Neil Banks initially signs away all paternity rights and subsequently shocks Jenny's privileged East coast community by showing up for the baby's christening.

Norton Pub
In Perfect Life, Jessica Shattuck once again displays her “skewering gift for social commentary” (New York Times) in a uniquely modern chronicle of conception in the age of infinite possibility.
Two years ago, Neil Banks walked into a bathroom in the Pacific Fertility Center to provide his former college girlfriend, Jenny Callahan, with the biological material needed to conceive a child. Becoming a father was not part of the deal: adrift in his postmodern Los Angeles lifestyle, he signed away all paternity rights. But on the day of the baby’s christening, Neil turns up at the church. His unexpected—and unauthorized—return to Jenny’s privileged East Coast world sends a shockwave through the families of Jenny and her two college roommates—and sets off this keenly observed novel about fertility, biology, love, and American excess.

Elegantly written, Perfect Life asks the perennially daunting question: What is the perfect life? In her smart and timely new novel, Jessica Shattuck tells a story that is humorous and moving, enlightening and life-affirming.

Blackwell North Amer
Two years ago, Neil Banks walked into a bathroom in the Pacific Fertility Center to provide his former college girlfriend, Jenny Callahan, with the biological material needed to conceive a child. Becoming a father was not part of the deal: adrift in his postmodern Los Angeles lifestyle, he signed away all paternity rights. But on the day of the baby’s christening, Neil turns up at the church. His unexpected—and unauthorized—return to Jenny’s privileged East Coast world sends a shockwave through the families of Jenny and her two college roommates—and sets off this keenly observed novel about fertility, biology, love, and American excess.Elegantly written, Perfect Life asks the perennially daunting question: What is the perfect life? In her smart and timely new novel, Jessica Shattuck tells a story that is humorous and moving, enlightening and life-affirming.

Baker
& Taylor

Donating sperm to his ex-girlfriend Jenny in order to assist her efforts to become a mother, Neil Banks initially signs away all paternity rights and then shocks Jenny's privileged east coast community by showing up for the baby's christening. By the author of The Hazards of Good Breeding.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., [2009]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780393069501
9780393304596
0393069508
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHATT...J
Characteristics: xi, 315 pages ; 22 cm

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kelleypoole Jul 10, 2011

I just stumbled on this book and found it an enjoyable summer read. I think I might look for other books by the author.

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lauren5773
Jan 19, 2011

Great book!!!

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