Good Reading : March 2015
COVER STORY Beware GOOD READING MARCH 2015 29 high-flyer Catriona Sinclair faces in the opening chapter of Claiming Noah, Amanda’s new novel. Catriona is pondering her answer to her future child’s inevitable question while sprawled on a cold bench in her fertility doctor’s clinic. She’s being implanted with an artificially fertilised embryo conjured from a petri dish, and she dryly muses on her response: ‘Well, darling, after Mummy had surgery and Daddy jerked off into a container, a scientist put the eggs and sperm into a little plastic dish. Then, after you spent a few days in something sort of like an oven, a nice doctor pushed you out of a tube and into Mummy’s womb.’ Despite her sardonic mood, which is understandable due to the discomfort of the implanting procedure, Catriona wholeheartedly shares her husband’s elation when the pregnancy takes after years of false starts, negative pregnancy tests and clinic waiting rooms. In the midst of the jubilation of their impending parenthood, Catriona and her partner, James, have to make one last decision regarding the excess embryos they created as part of the IVF process. About eight to ten embryos are for med and frozen early on, because usually it takes multiple attempts and several embryo implantations before a successful pregnancy is achieved. ‘Itfascinatedmethatyoucouldgothroughanentirepregnancyandchildbirthandhaveababythatisnowaygeneticallyrelatedtoyouoryourpartner.’‘ThereweresomescenesthatmademecryasIwaswritingthem.Butothersmademefeellikeasociopath.’ high-flyer Catriona Sinclair faces in the opening chapter of Claiming Noah, Amanda’s new novel. Catriona is pondering her answer to her future child’s inevitable question while ‘ThereweresomescenesthatmademecryasIwaswritingthem.Butothersmademefeellikeasociopath.’othersmademefeellikeasociopath.’?