THE OBJECT OF YOUR AFFECTIONS is an unconventional, thought provoking, emotional and complex story about marriage, friendships, family and surrogacy… Full review below. Plus, you could win a signed copy, U. S. only-OR-a digital copy to one Int’l reader! Giveaway ends 4/28/19
Kothari returns with THE OBJECT OF YOUR AFFECTIONS (Graydon House), a wry and daring novel that poses complex questions about marriage, parenthood, and friendship as two women rewrite the rules of love and family…and change everything they thought they knew about motherhood.
The Object of Your Affections
by Falguni Kothari
Paris Kahn Fraser seems to have it all—a successful career as an assistant district attorney, a beautiful home in New York City, and a handsome, passionate husband. Traumatized by a childhood of neglect and abandonment and fulfilled by her life without children, Paris has no desire to become a mother. But her husband, Neal, dreams of having a brood. Ever the cunning attorney, Paris hatches the world’s greatest marital compromise that will grant them both their wishes—if she can pull it off.
Naira Dalmia never thought she’d be a widow before thirty. Left reeling in the aftermath of her husband’s death, all she wants is to start over. She trades Mumbai for New York, and rigid family expectations for the open acceptance of her best friend. There isn’t anything she and Paris wouldn’t do for each other. But when Paris asks Naira to be their surrogate, they’ll learn if their friendship has what it takes to defy society, their families, and even their own biology.
While Naira always wanted to be a mother, this isn’t quite how she envisioned it. And though Paris doesn’t want to be a mother, it’s difficult not to resent the bond that’ll develop between Naira and Neal. Can they all truly embrace this modern family they’re about to create?
This story is told from the perspective of two best friends who find themselves needing each other during crucial times. Paris and Naira’s personalities are as different as night and day, yet they care for each other and share a special bond, just as if they were sisters.
I connected more with Naira because I felt her choices and ideals about family and life are closer to mine, yet I know women like Paris who are stronger in personality and independent that struggle with the idea of having children, and opt for surrogacy instead. It was interesting to see the challenges Paris and Neil’s marriage faced, a couple deeply in love, but there definitely were occasions when I was holding my breath, and swooning. My eyes even got misty in a particular scene.
This book is definitely a great choice for book club discussions, as I found myself wanting to discuss about the choices Paris, Neil and Naira made.
The Object of Your Affections definitely kept my attention from beginning to end, and I was happy with how things turned out.
If you prefer listening to Audiobooks, The Object of Your Affections gets my approval. I enjoyed the narrator’s voice. You can listen to a Sample here. I would just recommend adjusting the narration speed to 1.25 or 1.50 after purchase.
Praises for Falguni Kothari
A PopSugar Best New Book of Winter 2019
“A rich story of a married couple wrangling with the multiplicity of modern-day reproductive options…nuanced…Readers who have been on their own infertility or surrogacy journey will feel many pangs of commonality with these all-too-human characters.”
“Kothari manages to balance deeply complicated issues of marriage, feminism, and abandonment with enough aspirational escapism to make the book a lot of fun.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“Author Falguni Kothari’s exquisitely complex story of marriage, friendships, and unconventional choices reminds us that real love requires great courage.”
—Jamie Beck, bestselling author of When You Knew
“Complex, insightful and beautifully written…a book that will stay with you long after the final page.”
—Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author
“A profound and deeply emotional twist on the classic love triangle, My Last Love Story is a provocative tale of lifelong friendship tested by fate. Poignant and satisfying, My Last Love Story is ultimately the type of celebration of love and life that reminds us why we read in the first place.”
—Jamie Brenner, author of The Forever Summer
“An intensely original and provocative story that tackles the complex challenges a modern woman faces within marriage. What makes a good wife? A good mother? What makes a woman lovable? Kothari grapples with love, ambition, friendship, and motherhood in this brave, insightful novel.”
—Barbara O’Neal, author of The Art of Inheriting Secrets
“A fascinating, captivating story about love, marriage, wealth and society, and the bonds of lifelong friendship.”
—Alisha Rai, author of Hate to Want You
Books by Falguni Kothari
About Falguni Kothari
Falguni Kothari writes unconventional love stories and kick-ass fantasy tales flavored by her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. An award-winning Indian Classical, Latin and Ballroom dancer, she currently elevates her endorphin levels with Zumba. She resides in New York with her family and pooch. Connect with her at www.falgunikothari.com