Fertility: A Novel

Rated 4.86/5 based on 7 reviews
A riveting story about two bright, young professionals who are as damaged by the modern world as they are successful. Fertility shows how small missteps can alter the course of a life forever. This is a book that will stay with you long after reading the last page. More

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Words: 114,240
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301518418
About Denise Gelberg

Writer, teacher, Brooklyn native, Ivy League Ph.D. in labor relations, gardener, wife and mother are some fitting descriptors of Denise Gelberg. Since leaving the classroom in 2006, she has devoted herself to writing about the things that occupy her thoughts during long swims and runs. An advocate for children, she has written about the current state of education reform in the United States, including the book The “Business” of Reforming American Schools (SUNY Press). Fertility is her debut novel.

Denise Gelberg lives with her husband and two dogs — Maisy, a standard poodle and Rowdy, an aptly named wire fox terrier — on fourteen acres of rolling hillside ten miles west of Ithaca, New York.

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Review by: Cynthia Lambert on Feb. 10, 2013 :
I finished Gelberg's book just before midnight after starting it that afternoon. POWERFUL! Underlying themes and events came around in meaningful ways that caused self reflection. An outstanding beginning novel for Gelberg. An excellent read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cheryl Altman on Feb. 02, 2013 :
As Denise Gelberg wrote Fertility, it flows with the ease of conversation, even as it reveals an insight and depth of characterization rarely found in a relatively short novel. The feeling of being "part of the family" on which this book centers, came to me quickly; I related and I cared! The plot, the details, the settings, the character development, and the language are all meticulously crafted and woven into a meaningful and inspiring slice of life.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jo Marcia Todd on Jan. 30, 2013 :
Fertility: A Novel is quite a page turner! After downloading Gelberg's ebook to my iPhone, I read it every chance I got, even in my kayak when I stopped for lunch! I loved that Yiddish words were infused throughout the novel. I felt like I really got to know and care about the characters. The relationships and the excitement of the events were totally engrossing. Gelberg is a top-notch storyteller!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alba Zaretzky on Jan. 28, 2013 :
When I started reading the book I could not leave it. It is a very good story with a wonderful description of the characters and the feelings involved. I know is the first novel of Denise Gelberg but I am already waiting for the next. I recognized in the book many things connected with my own youth (the grandmother, for example), and with real problems of many people I know. The most valuable fact, for me, is that you can forget is a novel and you find yourself living the situations.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: B Goldberg on Jan. 21, 2013 :
This book grabs you from the very first sentence and holds you until the last page and beyond: even the Acknowledgements are a good read. The hospital scenes are riveting, and every single character comes alive. A masterpiece of a debut novel for Gelberg.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kathleen Lee on Jan. 20, 2013 :
Loved this book. A page turner. Hard to put down. Well written. Excellent connections. Does it turn out the way I wanted it to? Gotta read it to find out. Highly recommend.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sharrs on Jan. 13, 2013 :
Wonderful story, the writer creates a scenario we can all relate to and she does it in a way that makes you think you are hearing a story told by a friend about people you might know. There is something everyone can relate to. Once you start reading you just keep going effortlessly into the lives of the characters. I am usually too busy to read but this book kept me up doing just that late into the night.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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