When Zoe Baxter, a music therapist who works with depressed, terminally ill and hospitalized patients, suffers a miscarriage, she is determined to keep trying for a baby with her husband, Max. After 10 years of infertility problems, however, Max is unable to withstand further disappointment and divorces his wife.
Zoe takes solace in the arms of a friend, Vanessa, who rather unexpectedly becomes her lover. Max takes a very different path. He searches for himself at the bottom of a bottle, and ultimately finds redemption via an evangelical church … whose mission, coincidentally, is to fight the “homosexual agenda” in America. Max and Zoe find themselves back in court, at the center of a fight being waged over reproductive rights. The resulting courtroom drama doesn’t stop twisting and turning until the final page. (ATRIA, Mar., 466 pp., $28.00)