The Baby

Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
Ellie Simmons lost the love of her life, her husband Daniel. And now, two years later, baby Daniel is born -- a clone of the man she lost.

But human cloning is illegal, and Ellie must be very, very careful. . . .
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About Karen A. Wyle

Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but moved every few years throughout her childhood and adolescence. After college in California, law school in Massachusetts, and a mercifully short stint in a large San Francisco law firm, she moved to Los Angeles. There she met her husband, who hates L.A. They eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University.

Wyle has been a voracious and compulsive reader as long as she can remember. She majored in English and American Literature major at Stanford University, which suited her, although she has in recent years developed some doubts about whether studying literature is, for most people, a good preparation for enjoying it. She has been reading science fiction for several decades, but also gobbles up character-driven mysteries, historical and contemporary romance, a limited amount of fantasy, and historical fiction, with the occasional foray into anything from chick lit to military history.

Wyle's voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of practicing appellate law. Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business. Her brand, to the extent she has figured out what it might be, is "compassionate and thoughtful fiction" -- except when it isn't fiction, as in slice-of-life picture books and nonfiction about American law.

Wyle and her husband have two grown and wildly creative daughters, and still missed our sweet but neurotic dog, departed several years since.

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Reviews of The Baby by Karen A. Wyle

Helen Druett reviewed on July 16, 2017

Well written. Understandable emotions from a female perspective. Had the plot worked out, or so I thought, and then I didn't. A good read.
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Charles Kravetz reviewed on Jan. 19, 2014

This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.

Human cloning, a blessing or a curse.

If there was a way to replace your loved one, and all it takes is a baby, would you? Human cloning is a touchy subject these days, this is an alternative way to look at it.

The buildup in this short story is great! While the reader is tumbling around ideas in their mind, the story progresses to the answers. A good story, short enough to read on the bus or train going to/from work.

If Karen A. Wyle wanted readers to think about the effects of cloning, this story will do that. If, instead, the author intended to entertain the reader, this story will do that, also. It may be short, but it is good.

Readers looking for something short enough to finish on the way to work will enjoy this book. Science fiction lovers will also like this one, even if it is short. I have read several books written by this author. None have disappointed me, nor have any appeared to be a clone of any other book. A big thank you to this author for continuing to write entertaining stories!
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Regina Greene reviewed on July 20, 2013

I really liked this. It was kind of chilling, but compelling. VERY well written. Stories should stir your emotions and this certainly did. Thank you Karen for sharing this story.
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Sheri reviewed on Jan. 16, 2012

The Baby was a very short story. It only took me about 15 minutes to read, but in this short story the author definitely got my attention and left me wanting more.

I love the concept of this story, and I think this short book would make either a great prequel or an outline for a novel. The whole idea of loving someone so much you could not give him up…How far would you go?
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Ey Wade reviewed on Dec. 31, 2011

Cloning is illegal, but it seems love trumps rules. The Baby is truly a short story, but one that will remain on your mind for a long time. It makes you wonder about the real motives of a person. Is it really a baby Ellie wants?

I found this book to be an interesting read.
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