Passionate embryologist, Savarna Sikand, is in a complicated relationship, with two different women, when she is told that she MUST have a baby. Her East Indian American parents are desperate for her to conceive, in spite of her "not being married". They insist that she is the last in line of a great spiritual lineage. In the process of choosing her lover and having doubts about her ability, or desire to conceive, Savarna begins to question the necessity of biology and lineage within her parents' beliefs and becomes forever fascinated with the process of conception and the definition of family. Threads of Dan Brown (DaVinci Code), Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Sister of My Heart) and the film The Kids Are All Right, flavor this colorful tale of awakening, romance and mystery.
Praise for The Last Conception
Gabriel Constans' inspiring new novel delves into the framework of our purpose in life; explores the tenuous balance between destiny and personal truth and the struggle we undergo when those forces are at odds. Constans weaves the two together seamlessly and in the end, we are certain that love surpasses tradition, destiny and our own selfish wants. --Syd Parker, best-selling author of Secrets of the Heart, Love’s Abiding Spirit and Immediate Possession
Often, when tradition and technology meet they collide without forgiveness. Gabriel Constans manages to bring these opposites together with an open heart and the result is a story of compassion, love and the gifts that a generous partnership can provide. --Joan Tewkesbury, award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist
The Last Conception is a delightful read! It depicts a family muddling its way through a mire of personal, cultural, and generational differences, and reminds us all to slow down and remember - what else - love. Besides, what good are agendas when the dance of life is out of our control? --Clifford Henderson, author of acclaimed Spanking New and Mae's Request
The Last Conception is a bhakti-fest of love and loss, hope and courage that comes in unexpected packages. Take a peek into the lives of an Indian-American family faced with an unusual demand of their medical professional unmarried daughter whose job and personal life intersect in unanticipated ways. Although happy endings are never guaranteed, it seems that one is in the offing for this savory literary masala. --Edie Weinstein, author of The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary
The Last Conception is an engaging and unexpected tale of a young American woman whose choices about partnership and parenting have significant implications for her East Indian parents. According to them, it is Savarna's destiny to have a child, to continue the lineage of an ancient spiritual teacher. The novella is well written and fast-paced and evokes important inquires into spirituality and the true meaning of birth. --Donna Baier Stein, author of the novel Fortune and award-winning short stories, including "The Yogi and the Peacock," "El Nino," "The Jewel Box," "Coming Clean," and "Lambada"
In The Last Conception, Gabriel Constans reaches into everyone's heart and mind. He explores the essence of religion, not as something prescribed, but as a suggestion of loving connectedness beyond time. --Arny Mindell, author of The Dreammaker's Apprentice and The Shaman's Body
The Last Conception is a compelling read. The mystery at the heart of this tale about the complicatons of conception lures the reader to examine the deeper issues facing the characters: telling the truth about one’s needs and desires, the urge to have children, the pressures of family ancestry, and the power of love. Suspenseful and sweet, there’s always an unexpected twist, all the way to the end. --Marcy Alancraig, author of A Woman of Heart
About the Author
Gabriel Constans is an author, journalist, screenwriter and trauma counselor. Gabriel's fiction includes Buddha's Wife, Saint Catherine's Baby, and Rwandan Folk Tales. Gabriel is closely associated with The Rwandan Orphan's Project, The Ihangane Project (both in Rwanda), and Building for Generations (which works in Tanzania and Peru). Connect with Gabriel on his website, his blog, on facebook, twitter, and Goodreads.