BABYLAND

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Anna is 37, a successful entrepreneur and six months from marrying Mr. Perfect when the stick turns pink. She and Ross had decided not to start a family, but now he's gone baby gaga while she has morning sickness and serious apprehension about being pregnant. Her less-than-enthusiastic girlfriends and suddenly sullen business associate Jack also leave Anna bewildered.

Chamberlin thoroughly explores the issues confronting Anna: bodily changes, worry about how she'll handle her small but successful business with a baby on her lap, sudden changes in her relationship with Ross. These are problems women can relate to, and the story moves along accordingly.

But there's nothing new here, no unusual twists along the way. Even the crisis Anna confronts fails to liven up the thoroughly predictable plot. But Chamberlin does this type of book well, and Anna is a pleasant enough character with which to spend some time. (Jul., 400 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Donna Carter