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By Laura Zigman

Ellen Franck is not in love with massive chook. in spite of everything, he is a major yellow Sesame highway personality -- and she's an clever unmarried lady with a superb task. nonetheless, enormous poultry is calling like a greater candidate for fatherhood on a daily basis: he is tall, affectionate, and gradually hired. And immediately, for Ellen, thirty-five years previous and loss of life to have a toddler, nearly any father will do.

In her hilarious and heartbreaking new novel, Laura Zigman, bestselling writer of Animal Husbandry, explores what occurs while the existence now we have selected is not that lifestyles we anticipated it to be. And at this element Ellen Franck is rethinking all her offerings.

Mired in a courting with a guy who's greater at brooding than breeding, sister to a girl who can not seem to cease having infants, and dealing lower than a chairman who's approximately to have the infant bathe of the last decade, Ellen understands the trail to motherhood is apparent. All she has to do is depart her courting, horrify her relations, locate an nameless father, and turn into independently wealthy.

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