Jane Doucet’s debut novel, shortlisted for a 2018 Whistler Independent Book Award, “The Pregnant Pause” is about a married woman who is turning thirty-seven and trying to decide whether or not to have a baby. Will she or won’t she? Read The Pregnant Pause to find out!
Rose Ainsworth is a health editor at a fitness magazine in Toronto. Just before her thirty-seventh birthday, she has her first attack of baby fever. She adores children, especially her sister’s kids, but she’s facing a dilemma. Not only is her younger husband refusing to commit to becoming a parent, but her friends are drowning in the joys of mothering, and their self-righteous attitudes about procreating are driving her crazy.
Rose feels cut off and, worst of all, she’s worried that maybe she isn’t motherhood material. Her journey through the potential pitfalls and prospects of parenting is a roller coaster ride—a journey that many women travel as they work, play and listen to their biological clock ticking away.
The Pregnant Pause does for women who are considering motherhood what Bridget Jones’s Diary did for single women in their early thirties—it unites them around shared experiences and invites them to recognize that they are their sisters’ keepers.