Waterbrook, Sep 2004, 12.99, 384 pp.
In California, an elated Sam informs his girlfriend Taite that he has received a fellowship to work for one year at the Institute of Neurological Research in Boston. He asks her to accompany him, but she refuses. His news trumps her news as she was going to tell him she was pregnant, but decides not to say a word because she loves him and does not want to dampen his future.
Despondent and thinking of an abortion, Taite decides to visit her Welsh grandmother Naini. Her elderly grandmother encourages Taite to look back at her heritage as she tells stories of her past and encourages her to reconcile with her mom and to share the newswith Sam.
THE LAST STORYTELLER is an intriguing contemporary tale that looks at several societal issues including abortion and stem cell research. The story is told through the three generation of women (Taite, her mom and grandma) so that the audience sees the differences in outlook. Sam is works with stem cell research, but wonders about the morality of it when he does not want Taite to abort their child.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner