The Thin Pink Line
Lauren Baratz-Logsted
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The Thin Pink Line

Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Red Dress Ink
304 pages
June 2004
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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For twenty-nine year old Jane Taylor, it all begins with a slight hiccup in her periods which she breezily takes to be sign of pregnancy - and, without verifying, proceeds to tell people about it. By the time she finds she isn’t really expecting, it’s too late; by now she’s seen and experienced for herself how wonderfully society treats its mothers-to-be, even her own hitherto indifferent mother and sister, and Jane feels like she finally fits in. This isn’t something she’s willing to give up.

Against the advice of her gay best friend, Jane continues with her mock pregnancy, all the while making new friendships - something truly unusual for this social misanthrope - and discovering new things. Then she meets and falls in love with a wonderful man, and at last finds herself torn between her emotions and continuing her charade. By this time she’s firmly entrenched in her own web of lies, and her pretense has taken on a life of its own. Can she leave it all behind before it's too late for her, personally as well as career-wise?

A single British woman, working in publishing and on a quest for parenthood – at first sight, this seems to be yet another book in an endless and repetitive stream of chick-lits, as well as being the ideal tag line for this book. That’s not the case. Through the lies and deceptions of a somewhat needy, calmly selfish and immature young woman, readers are taken on a journey, albeit fraudulent, through the life of a pregnant woman. Baratz-Logsted couches the resultant dramatic change in attitude, in not just the expectant mother herself but also in those around her, in a cuttingly humorous way. The smugness, the mood swings, the showers and the "what to expect.." pregnancy-bible books – all come to life in the author’s hands. Jane’s charade is simultaneously pathetic - for she craves attention and love more than a child itself - and comical, besides being suspenseful. Acerbic, humorous, honest and unpredictable – The Thin Pink Line demands understanding without preaching and provides countless hours of gratuitous amusement besides.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Rashmi Srinivas, 2004

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