You never know when you will be forced to make the decision that will define your days.

In this profound and lyrical novel, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward explores the deeper meanings of motherhood from the first blissful hello to the heart-wrenching prospect of saying goodbye.

Brilliant heart surgeon Suzette Kendall is stunned when Hyland, her husband of fifteen years, admits his yearning for a child. From the beginning they’d decided that having children was not an option, as Suzette feared passing along the genes that landed her mother in a mental institution. But Hyland proposes a different idea: a baby via surrogate.

Suzette agrees, and what follows is a whirlwind of candidate selections, hospital visits, and Suzette's doubts over whether she's made the right decision. A young woman named Dorothy Muscarello is chosen as the one who will help make this family complete. For Dorrie, surrogacy (and the money that comes with it) are her opportunity to leave behind a troubled past and create a future for herself — one full of possibility. But this situation also forces all three of them to face a devastating uncertainty that will reverberate in the years to come.

Beautifully shifting between perspectives, The Nearness of You deftly explores the connections we form, the families we create, and the love we hold most dear.
An exploration of how we can seize the lives we've been given and transform them into the lives we want to live."
— Vendela Vida, author
of The Diver's Clothes
Lie Empty
Deftly paced and enthralling…provides insights both heartening and harrowing."
— Mira Jacobs, author of
The Sleepwalker's Guide
to Dancing
A gripping and powerful family drama with an unexpected and brilliant twist."
— Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author
You will love these characters and this book."
— Marisa de los Santos, author of Love Walked In and The Precious One