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Atlas of Love
by Laurie Frankel
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Griffin, 2011 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Wanda Plourde

When Janey meets Jill in a supermarket buying saltines, they become friends instantly. Then Mormon Katie enters the picture and wants to be their friend too.

The trio are graduate students in Seattle. Soon they share everything, but the one thing they are about to share will change their lives forever. Jill finds herself pregnant by the end of one spring semester and her two friends want to help. In the end they decide to try living together and raising the baby as a tri-parenting team.

When baby Atlas is finally born into this world, the three try to bring him up together, with of course the usual ups and downs of parenting. Janey, who narrates, is also the one with all the common sense. What unfolds is a story about love and how one child can make a very different kind of family.

This is an elegantly written tale that brings your emotions to the surface. It has beautiful humor, some sadness and of course a whole bunch of joy. Most of the way through I had a smile pasted on my face, as I totally enjoyed this novel. I was very touched by how the neatly interwoven characters managed to overcome all obstacles. The Atlas of Love is excellent.

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