The Right Fit
Emma is back, and still eager to start a family. After trying every fertility treatment in the book, as well as following a slew of advice from her friends, family, and women's magazines, she and her husband have given up on conceiving naturally. They're now trying international adoption, which should, in theory, be more pleasant than the fertility shots and postcoital headstands of their baby-making days. However, with the rigorous screening process -- including a Russian class where they learn about their potential baby's culture alongside competitive adoptive-parents-to-be and über-critical case managers -- Emma finds herself once again in over her head. The pressure to prove that she and her husband are the perfect couple, and thus the perfect parents, drives him and all her friends crazy along the way. Hilarious and heartwarming, Emma's outrageous adventures are sure to charm mothers, mothers-to-be, and nearly everyone in between.
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Questions for Discussion
1. How do Emma's fantasies of what adoption will be like at the beginning of The Right Fit differ from the reality of what she experiences later?
2. Why do you think Emma sometimes isn't all that child-friendly, i.e., she's not fond of her nephew and does not make much of an effort to have relationships with her friend Jess's children. In fact, on more than one occasion Emma expresses her aversion to children. On the other hand, she adores her godchild. Why do you think this is? And do you think Emma will be a good mother to her own children? 3. At one point, Emma fumes at her mother, saying, "All I keep hearing is how when you have children your life changes so much and it's so hard and you never get time alone, blah blah blah. I'm ready for change. I'm so ready it's a joke. Not having kids is bloody hard work too. My life as I knew it hasn't been the same since I started trying to have children.... It's so patronizing to be told how hard it is all the time. I don't go around telling people what a nightmare it is to be infertile." (165) Do you think people with children are patronizing to people without children? Why can't Emma rant about what a nightmare it is to be infertile -- what is different about society's views toward infertility and parenthood?
4. Describe Emma's and her siblings' relationships with their mother. Why are they re see more