When three separate couples seek the advice of a psychologist to help them with the dilemmas of having babies in ways unique to the nineties, they form a parenting group they whimsically nickname "The Stork Club"
From the bestselling author of Beaches and I'll Be There comes a new novel, told with Iris Rainer Dart's extraordinary humor and pathos, about a central fact of adult life - the perils and passions of parenting in the 1990s. It's Hollywood in the 1990s and the beautiful people are rich, glamorous, and, also, restless. Because underneath their dazzling, high-powered, high-profile lives, there are hearts longing to feel, and they're discovering that the ultimate intimacy is the kind a parent has with a child.Rick is a famous movie director on the brink of his fiftieth birthday. Despite his conquests - those many famous female movie stars - he's floundering, unable to make a connection, until he adopts a baby. But can the jaded man become a good father? The getting and raising of this tiny creature shakes his world, and teaches him about a new kind of love and passion.Ruthie and Shelly have won lots of Emmys, thanks to a knack for writing comedy that makes their partnership the hottest in the business and their lifelong friendship deep and everlasting. But their real partnership comes when they decide to create a baby together, though Shelly is gay and Ruthie is straight. Their struggle to mix parenting with work, to juggle their close friendship with their outside romances and then in the face of disaster, is heartbreakingly funny and powerfully painful.Lainie and Mitch spent years building a strong marriage and also their boutique, Panache, which caters to a luminous clientele. Though Lainie's illness prohibits her from becoming pregnant, Mitch decides he must have a baby of his own, and the result nearly destroys everything the couple has.These families, and others, find their way to the office of Barbara Singer, a warm, talented child psychologist, who brings them together in a unique parenting group they whimsically nickname the Stork Club. Through their simultaneously humorous and poignant lives, we witness their common bond - their shared, and often desperate, desire to become worthwhile parents, to create their own brand of family. The Stork Club becomes their haven, their support system, teaching them to deal with the unprecedented dilemmas of having babies in ways unique to the 1990s.Through laugh-aloud episodes and tearful scenes, Iris Rainer Dart has created a universal story about the transforming powers of raising a child, and an acute portrait of "the new American family." Prepare to lose your heart to the members of the Stork Club, who give new meaning to the words "designer genes."