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    IGNOU books 2019 In Hindi Online PDF Free some point she may need all her resources to save himElise, a freelance editor who has left full time work to focus all her energies on her fertility quest, is impressed by Celia s eloquent response to the advertisement and decides to select her as the donor Still struggling with the an eating disorder, Elise spends much of her time in therapy agonizing over her past, most notably her involvement with a charismatic Nigerian author named Eric Babu Elise s husband Peter, a graduate student in Near East Studies still trying to begin his dissertation after six years in graduate school, is ambivalent about his wife s headstrong determination to use whatever means possible to have a child Embarrassed by his own privilege, Peter has never been able to move beyond his heyday as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco fifteen years before, the only time in his life when he felt any sense of purpose or direction Under pressure from Elise to finish school so that they can begin their adult lives, Peter becomes even anxious when his impulsive spouse quits her job and decides to befriend her donorShifting among the perspectives of the three main characters, The Gift draws attention to the muddy moral questions raised by modern reproductive technologies as well as the drastic lengths to which Americans are willing to go to engineer their genetic offspring."/>
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  • The Gift
  • Rachel Newcomb
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  • 09 November 2019

The Gift[Read] ➳ The Gift ➯ Rachel Newcomb – Essayreview.co.uk When Celia, a Princeton scholarship student, sees an advertisement in the university newspaper for an egg donor, she immediately decides to respond An aspiring writer, Celia is eager to pursue new exp When Celia, a Princeton scholarship student, sees an advertisement in the university newspaper for an egg donor, she immediately decides to respond An aspiring writer, Celia is eager to pursue new experiences, but her precarious financial circumstances are also a concern Raised by her father in a dying South Carolina mill town, Celia worries that she does not belong in the affluent Ivy League environment She has watched her father drift into alcoholism and welfare since the local mill shut down, and she fears that at some point she may need all her resources to save himElise, a freelance editor who has left full time work to focus all her energies on her fertility quest, is impressed by Celia s eloquent response to the advertisement and decides to select her as the donor Still struggling with the an eating disorder, Elise spends much of her time in therapy agonizing over her past, most notably her involvement with a charismatic Nigerian author named Eric Babu Elise s husband Peter, a graduate student in Near East Studies still trying to begin his dissertation after six years in graduate school, is ambivalent about his wife s headstrong determination to use whatever means possible to have a child Embarrassed by his own privilege, Peter has never been able to move beyond his heyday as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco fifteen years before, the only time in his life when he felt any sense of purpose or direction Under pressure from Elise to finish school so that they can begin their adult lives, Peter becomes even anxious when his impulsive spouse quits her job and decides to befriend her donorShifting among the perspectives of the three main characters, The Gift draws attention to the muddy moral questions raised by modern reproductive technologies as well as the drastic lengths to which Americans are willing to go to engineer their genetic offspring.


About the Author: Rachel Newcomb

I m a cultural anthropologist and writer of ethnographies and fiction I love writing and traveling, and especially observing and learning from other cultures I have a creative writing master s degree from Johns Hopkins but couldn t pay the bills with it, so I went to grad school for anthropology at Princeton Anthropologists in training get to spend about two years living in the country they are studying, so I lived in Morocco and did research on Moroccan women in the city of Fes Now I m a full time college professor, but I always try to find time to write fiction I also write book reviews for the Washington Post and blog on my cultural observations for Huffington Post, about anything ranging from the disappearance of the Mediterranean diet in Morocco to the popularity of ZumbaMy latest novel is THE GIFT, about a graduate student couple at Princeton and the undergraduate they hire to serve as their egg donor The husband, Peter, can t get over his days as a Peace Corps worker in Morocco, while the wife, Elise, is an editor but is considering putting her career on hold to pursue pregnancy as a full time occupation Enter Celia, a scholarship student from South Carolina, an aspiring writer who feels a little like a fish out of water in the elite Ivy League environment If you d like to readabout my anthropology books, which are strictly about Morocco nothing made up , you can check out mypage, which has links to all my books.


10 thoughts on “The Gift

  1. says:

    This novel hit me hard It hooked me early on and then I read the last half of it in one compulsive, I can t put this down don t bother me children can t you see I m reading spree last night When I finished at 10pm, I felt like I d been knocked flat I couldn t stop thinking about it and I was feeling edgy and anxious and I sat down next to my husband who was trying to watch TV and forced him to listen to an extended description of the plot and why it affected me so much And the funny This novel hit me hard It hooked me early on and then I read the last half of it in one compulsive, I can t put this down don t bother me children can t you see I m reading spree last night When I finished at 10pm, I felt like I d been knocked flat I couldn t stop thinking about it and I was feeling edgy and anxious and I sat down next to my husband who was trying to watch TV and forced him to listen to an extended description of the plot and why it affected me so much And the funny thing is that I don t see myself in these characters I don t have fertility problems I have the most easy, uncomplicated marriage ever I m not particularly neurotic or OCD I finished my PhD a while ago, but even when I was working on it, I wasn t anxious and competitive about it like the characters in this book.So why did this book hit me so hard I guess because it rings so true, like an alternate universe that s shifted just a couple of degrees away from mine, a universe where every neurotic tendency or competitive feeling or worry about procreation or anxiety about career success that I ve ever had is just slightly magnified and twisted, just a little bit distorted, just enough so that it reminds you of all those tendencies and feelings that you suppress, and makes you look around yourself anxiously and wonder, geez, is that what it s like for other people Is that what it s like for me By that measure it s an astonishing literary accomplishment, to make me feel those things that I usually don t feel, to suck me in so deeply that I couldn t think of anything else after I finished reading.The book description here on Goodreads is quite accurate, though when I read it, I was totally confused and didn t find it so compelling But once I started reading, I got to know and identify with the 3 main characters quite quickly warning minor spoilers below There s Elise, the 35 year old neurotic NYC editor and wife of a Princeton PhD student who impulsively quits her job to pursue IVF to have a baby She s not producing good eggs, and she blames this, irrationally, on a long ago incident in college when she was drugged and had sex with a stranger an event that she refuses to call rape, even though it clearly has had a long term traumatic effect on her, and it led to her volunteer work at a rape crisis centre where, ironically, she didn t come to terms with her own experience because she was confronted with stories of muchviolent rapes Her feminist mother always encouraged her to never live off of a man, but she s a little too used to luxuries to be able to resist the temptation of drawing on her husband s trust fun so that she can shop at Dean and Deluccas and pay for the high quality genes of a Princeton undergraduate egg donor She approaches shopping for her egg donor the way she shops for gourmet food, and though ostensibly she s looking for good genes, she also scrutinises potential donors for things that have nothing to do with genetics, like writing skills and a history of Evangelical church attendance as if afraid she might accidentally bear a child with a genetic predisposition to charismatic Christianity In one particularly funny scene, she makes her potential egg donor do a word association test, and celebrates their similarities, when in fact she s interpreted the donor s answers wrong For Hemingway the egg donor writes dad, and Elise thinks it s a literary reference to Papa Hemingway, when for Celia, the donor, it s actually a reference to her dad making her take a sleazy waitressing job one summer in the Florida Keys in a diner bait shop that had supposedly been patronised by Hemingway Elise s husband, Peter, is in Princeton s Near Eastern Studies Department and the description of the professors, grad students, and undergraduates in the department ring strikingly true the author did her PhD in anthropology at Princeton but clearly she knew this department well, and at least some of the characters are thinly disguised real life Princeton characters, including the guy who famously denied the Armenian genocide and was later revealed to have received millions in funding from the Turkish government He s OCD in his obsessive adherence to a dissertation writing schedule, but the writing isn t really going very well meanwhile his family keeps wondering when he s going to finish the damn thing, and he keeps fantasising about being a monk and brewing monastic beer He also fantasises about getting an academic job in some picturesque New England university, even as he is hopelessly aware of how hard it is to get an academic job and watches the desperate, dehumanising, cattle call like Job Market he thinks of it always in capital letters interviews at academic conferences Peter is attracted to and writing about the history of Sufism, an apolitical, esoteric, mystical approach to Islam, but he is constantly being dragged into contemporary political debates by an undergraduate student who writes essays for the Arabic class Peter is teaching about how Israel is the only civilised country in the region, then puts Peter s name on the Campus Watch list a real life McCarthyist black list of academics who aren t sufficiently Zionist and files a formal complaint with the department when Peter gives him a bad grade on the essay He s trying to write a dissertation with a feminist approach, even as he wishes his wife would cook him dinner every night.Both Elise and Peter are driven to want what they can t have for Elise, it s the baby She isn t particularly maternal, but once she realises she can t have kids, she quits her successful job to try to get pregnant She also believes that having a baby will salvage her unravelling marriage For Peter, what he couldn t have was originally Elise When she seemed distant and ethereal and out of reach, he put enormous energy into wooing her Now that he s got her, he spends most of his time in his tiny little carrell in the basement of Firestone library and hardly ever goes home He s unnerved by the way she s transformed from this high powered successful New York editor to this strange creature obsessed with procreation.The third main character is Celia, the egg donor She s at Princeton on scholarship and doesn t really fit in, which is as much about temperament as it is about privilege She watches everyone around her at a distance, vaguely wishing to one day be a writer She aspires to having interesting life experiences that she can write about, but doesn t recognise any of her own background the depressed Southern mill town that she s from, her alcoholic father, the gay ex boyfriend whose parents are trying to convert him to heterosexuality via the Baptist church as anything to write about, except when other people prod her to think of it as material She longed to be conflicted about something, and she experiments with seeing herself as the victim in this egg donation scheme, and cruelly plays on Elise s anxieties to squeeze her formoney, while she makes a pass one night at Peter when they accidentally meet up at a party She can never really decide if she s living her life or watching herself live her life, if she s doing things because she wants to do them or because she thinks she should want to do them, to give her experiences to write about.I don t want to post spoilers so I ll just say that the end surprised me There s nothing at all predictable about the plot, and yet everything rings true.Every page has some little quirky observation that made me laugh out loud e.g Elise s eyes widening when Celia describes her ethnic identity as pure Carolina cracker The Princeton arcana will entertain anyone who has ever spent time in that weird little town McCaffrey s and Triumph and Small World and the Annex and the Dbar and the ceiling mural at the post office Each character is simultaneously sympathetic and pathetic There s no hero, no villain, and no cliched stereotype even as you can find in every character a bit of some stereotype, enough to recognise why it persists and yet see that it s awfully incomplete The author does a particularly good and subtle job of dealing with class and anxieties around class at Princeton For example, Celia recognises the way certain words have power, like the little comments that her friend Nicole drops that reveal her class privilege Wellesley, Italy, artist.Should be mandatory reading for anyone thinking about doing a PhD, or considering gamete donation and the peculiar ways that that gift is commodified and gendered Will be of particular interest to people with an interest in Princeton, the politics of Middle East studies, or the publishing world But I hate to pigeonhole the book in that way The themes are much broader desire, the complicated nature of marriage, the subtle ways that we sabotage ourselves.Full disclosure I did my PhD at Princeton in the Anthropology Department, and I ve met the author a couple of times though she started several years after me and was in Princeton when I was doing fieldwork in Egypt, so we never got to know each other at Princeton But I swear I would say all the same things about this book even if I had never met her

  2. says:

    This review has been cross posted on Captivated by BooksCelia, a Princeton scholarship student and aspiring writer, feels that she hasn t had enough life experience to have anything worthwhile to write about So when she has to get a new job, she takes a chance on a newspaper advert for an egg donor.Elise, a freelance editor, is determined to have a child and refuses to accept that her body won t naturally create one Elise is impressed with Celia s written application and selects her, however This review has been cross posted on Captivated by BooksCelia, a Princeton scholarship student and aspiring writer, feels that she hasn t had enough life experience to have anything worthwhile to write about So when she has to get a new job, she takes a chance on a newspaper advert for an egg donor.Elise, a freelance editor, is determined to have a child and refuses to accept that her body won t naturally create one Elise is impressed with Celia s written application and selects her, however Elise is determined to get to know Celia in the process.Peter, Elise s husband, is a Princeton Grad student, struggling to complete his dissertation Between the stress of starting a family and Elise quitting her job, Peter finds it increasingly difficult to find his focus.When I started reading, I wasn t sure whether it would be something I would enjoy However, that soon left my mind as I became enchanted with Rachel Newcomb s words There were so many times I had to stop and just drink in the beauty of the language used, which is something I rarely find in a book This, surprisingly, didn t detract in any way from the story The main reason for this, in my opinion, is the strong and real characters Rachel has created the fact that the story is told through a mix of the three main character s perspectives only strengthened this.I felt I could really relate to Celia She is a young woman with dreams of becoming a writer, but once at College University Celia starts to become aware of how sheltered her upbringing in South Carolina was and begins to worry that without exciting adventures, she won t have anything to write about While I related most with Celia, I could empathise with all the characters, feeling that I knew them as if they were friends.Despite the controversial topics raised in this novel, I feel that The Gift is a novel about three people finding themselves and not simply constructed in an attempt to share the author s opinions There was enough information for me to understand what was going on in the sense of the egg donation, but that wasn t the focus of the story The novel completely revolves around the characters and I was sorry that it had to end Though the beginning was a little slow, the only main issue I had with this novel is the title The book felt so unique that I wished it had a title that not only encapsulated that, but one that won t be easily confused with other novels such as The Gift by Cecelia Ahern I would recommend The Gift to anyone who appreciates the beauty of language, as well as those looking for an interesting contemporary read which doesn t allow the subject to create a heavy cast over it I am definitely planning to readnovels by Rachel Newcomb Disclaimer I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own

  3. says:

    A great novel by a new author I will definitely follow For anyone who has tried their own hand at writing, Rachel Newcomb perfectly captures the singular awkwardness of creative writing workshops, the subtleties and difficulties of marriage, and the isolation of anyone who has ever felt out of place on a college campus I ve never tried to write a Ph.D dissertation myself, but she definitely conveys the pressure and culture of of doing so This novel is not just about academia though, Newcomb a A great novel by a new author I will definitely follow For anyone who has tried their own hand at writing, Rachel Newcomb perfectly captures the singular awkwardness of creative writing workshops, the subtleties and difficulties of marriage, and the isolation of anyone who has ever felt out of place on a college campus I ve never tried to write a Ph.D dissertation myself, but she definitely conveys the pressure and culture of of doing so This novel is not just about academia though, Newcomb also juxtaposes Celia s dying hometown in South Carolina, and the way we sometimes idealize past trips to faraway places I found myself relating to all three characters, which made this a hard novel to put down my loyalties shifted as the main characters shifted I always find it fascinating how the same situation appears so different to different people, and Newcomb does a great job at this The plot was not formulaic at all, and I was surprised by the ending, but found it totally believable as well This novel was both sophisticated and accessible, and I enjoyed itthan I expected

  4. says:

    Wow, what a let down This book starts out great with tremendous build up You re hanging on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens A small scandal makes you believe something huge us coming.And then it doesn t The story just falls flat Which is sad because the writing is excellent.

  5. says:

    I received this book as part of the GoodReads First Reads program I could not put it down from page 1 It hooks you early and you keep thinking about what is going to happen Great detail, quick and easy read Once you finish, you will still be thinking about the characters.

  6. says:

    Couldn t even finish this book Didn t want to waste my time I got so far and then it completely went off track.

  7. says:

    Good bookYou people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so Shelley MA

  8. says:

    I felt cheated by characters who didn t want to be doing what they were doing and a story that seemed pointless.

  9. says:

    Finish Time 6 nights I chose this book for a few reasons This book addresses the subject of infertility It goes through the options treatments Elise and Peter had weighed and or undergone The latest decision, and subject of this book is to find an egg donor A controversial topic debated under religion, politics, and other venues The book didn t get into any of that though But infertility is something I have personally gone through and have watched many others as well Some with happy end Finish Time 6 nights I chose this book for a few reasons This book addresses the subject of infertility It goes through the options treatments Elise and Peter had weighed and or undergone The latest decision, and subject of this book is to find an egg donor A controversial topic debated under religion, politics, and other venues The book didn t get into any of that though But infertility is something I have personally gone through and have watched many others as well Some with happy endings, some with stories still to be continued So a topic that intrigues me.The book doesn t go much into the history of Peter and Elise, just states that IVF in vitro would have a small chance of taking, so they decided or maybe just Elise to pursue an egg donor via a newspaper ad Conveniently they live in a college town Princeton where there happen to be some starving college kids One of those being Celia Celia came from a single parent family who once lived the American dream, only to have it all taken away from them Now at Princeton, she is trying to redeem that fall and again pursue the rags to riches dream.Elise and Peter are not the most likable characters, or at least I didn t find them to be They both are living off of family money as Elise recently quit a lucrative editing job to pursue starting a family which annoys her grad student husband, Peter, as he is writing his never ending dissertation on the Middle East Some points were dragged on by discussions on this topic, which ignorantly didn t hold my interest I think the author tried very hard to make all the characters come off very intellectual, but it sometimes bored the reader IMHO.While the writing was good, I just found myself annoyed at the characters for most of the book The marriage of Elise and Peter was not a good one and they think a child would make it better % Why would a reader root for a couple that clearly needed to work on their own relationship to bring another person into that dysfunction Obviously a sensitive topic for me, and maybe that is what the author wanted Who knows The book ended how it should, but was another one of those that I didn t feel satisfied I was glad it ended but felt it could have had so much potential to help couples dealing with infertility and maybe looking into egg donation But it just ended up kind of depressing Probably would not recommend.On to something new now

  10. says:

    I was really looking forward to reading this book as it sounded like a very interesting story I was a little disappointed though There were things I liked about the book and one thing I was not so crazy about.Elise and Peter, a married couple, are trying to have a baby However Elise is unable to get pregnant so instead of adopting they search for an egg donor Elise runs an ad in the college papers and Celia, a college student, answers the ad The story goes from there with time spent with ea I was really looking forward to reading this book as it sounded like a very interesting story I was a little disappointed though There were things I liked about the book and one thing I was not so crazy about.Elise and Peter, a married couple, are trying to have a baby However Elise is unable to get pregnant so instead of adopting they search for an egg donor Elise runs an ad in the college papers and Celia, a college student, answers the ad The story goes from there with time spent with each character and their own lives as well as their lives together through the egg donation process Elise and Peter are not the perfect couple They each have their regrets and are battling their own demons I liked the fact the author didn t make them a perfect couple except for their infertility Their flaws is in part what made the book good to read.Celia isn t quite battling any demons but is trying to discover who she is and maybe trying to leave her past behind She seemed, in my opinion, to be the sanest of the trio.The major issue I had with the book was all the rambling on about the Peace Corp and the time Peter spent in Morocco I feel the author spent way too much time describing in great detail this subject It seemed to me she researched this topic at one time and felt the need to publish her research in this book It also seemed to be filler to get to the required number of pages I would have rather readabout Elise and Peter s issues Don t know if I would read this book again but all in all it was an ok read I don t feel like I wasted my time reading this book

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