The Last Conception is a delightful read! It depicts a family muddling its way through a mire of personal, cultural, and generational differences, and reminds us all to slow down and remember – what else – love. Besides, what good are agendas when the dance of life is out of our control?
— Clifford Henderson, author of acclaimed Rest Home Runaways, The Middle of Somewhere, Spanking New and Mae’s Request.
For those not familiar with the story, here’s one description.
If teacher’s Pema Chödrön and Byron Katie, author Kiran Desai, filmmaker Mira Nair, and the producers of The Kids Are All Right, were locked in a room together for a weekend, this is the tale they could tell. The Last Conception is the story of a passionate embryologist (Savarna Sikand) who lives in Silicon Valley, her decision to “try” to have a child with her girlfriend (Charlemagne-Charley) and Savarna’s religious parents (originally from India), who tell her that she is the last in line of a great spiritual teacher and she MUST have a baby to carry on the bloodline, which has been kept a secret for thousands of years. In the process of trying to conceive, Savarna and Charley begin to question the necessity of biology, lineage and what makes a family and living spiritually come to life.