In 1947, a young woman named Margaret gave birth to a mongoloid and had her institutionalized. Fast forward to present day and Marie, age, 39, finds out she’s pregnant and has the option to undergo genetic testing to ensure her baby is normal. Meanwhile, Marie’s best friend since childhood, Elizabeth, is only recently coming to terms with her infertility, making their friendship fairly tenuous and adding to Marie’s guilt about the decisions she must make when she gets a hunch that something’s wrong with her baby. The Unfinished Child is a book about the decisions women face, the ones they must live with, and how societal views of Down Syndrome have changed over time. More than that, it’s about the complexities of friendship and the realization that maybe not everything is forever.

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