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THE LAST CONCEPTION: a Novel ~Gabriel Constans

THE LAST CONCEPTION is about all the ways we conceive and add to our biological heritage. The story takes us through 34 year old Savarna’s journey to discover a partner, answer her family’s needs, continue the blood lines of an ancient Indian spiritualist’s and her family’s lineage, and tell them she is a Lesbian. The interesting part of Savarna’s life is that she is an embryologist and environmentalist and these aspects are a big part of the story.

Entering her life is Charlemagne (Charley) who helps Savarna think through the possibilities and undertake the risks necessary to evaluate her dilemma and find solutions. They transition into supportive partners, which allows Savarna to come out to her traditional parents who emigrated from India. When her mother has a heart attack the family begins to relax their standards and be open to Savarna producing a child which would preserve the family bloodline as Savarna is the only family member remaining who can conceive. There is a visit from Grandmother from Southern India, and Savarna also makes a trip to her Grandmother’s home.

So many of those personal discussions which people find hard to navigate are covered in this story and it becomes refreshing to discover what ideas may be conceived. Very interesting premise and worthy discussion found here.

I had a bit of trouble getting attached to the story and the “secret” seemed rather confusing. I had promised the author to stick with the story for review and the writing began to flow with fluency about a quarter of the way. It was an old story with some technological advantages and parents who were willing to embrace their children’s American lives. I enjoyed the read and thought there was realness to the conversations.

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).

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2 Responses to “THE LAST CONCEPTION: a Novel ~Gabriel Constans”

  1. Sara Says:

    I visited the book as your review made me curious about the story. I liked the what I read in the sample.

    It’s different than the books I usually read, but the story idea is fascinating:~)

    Thanks for the review!
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    Patricia Reply:

    Sara,
    I enjoyed this story with it’s differences very much- not the same old same old..

    I have a humor book of his coming up in December with another different look at life – I am excited about reading it
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