Thursday, December 16, 2010

"...continuously entertaining and intellectually stimulating...
....the situation explodes into a comedy of errors...
...The novel rollicks along with these inimitable characters and the manner in which the means to the end come about is absolutely hilarious." 
Grady Harp AMAZON Review  Read the entire review

Stella, a determined British lesbian in a procreative frenzy and her partner, Violet, find themselves in a remote Swedish forest cabin face-to-face with British Dennis, Stella's fantasy ideal of a rosy-cheeked, "Viking" sperm donor. This 'ideal' donor, Dennis, wants nothing to do with artificial insemination, not even of any kind, not even for ready money, although it is okay with his Afro-Swedish partner, Lars, and Dennis's mother in London is desperate for a grandchild.

Violet, keeper of Stella's '"fertile windows" schedule, is equally determined to sabotage Stella's insemination by Dennis and force a return to their original plan, using an Earls Court sperm bank.

This comic whirlpool of Stella's on again, off again, reproductive "anomalies"; her unnerving pressure on Dennis and Violet; two farcical bedroom debacles; a "Portia" speech; a "Shylock" speech; a thunderstorm;  a wisecracking houseguest, lovesick-for-Brad, Pierre; and a plaintive "Stell-aaaa!", from "Streetcar" combine to turn this already upside-down battle of the sexes inside out as it proceeds -- with a  nod to Oscar Wilde et al. -- to the surprising happy ending. A comedy of errors in an enchanted forest in the best Seventeenth or Eighteenth-century tradition, where people  come together, bearing with them their various preoccupations, and arrive at some kind of resolution before parting once more.

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