Thursday, April 28, 2011

Natalie Portman's Dad's Bizarre Novel

s Natalie Portman enters the final trimester of her pregnancy, her father, a reproductive specialist, is shopping his debut novel. From micropenises to incestuous in vitro, Marlow Stern unearths the most ridiculous parts of the self-described "fertility-thriller."

While tearfully accepting her Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan, a pregnant Natalie Portman thanked "my beautiful love Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed the film and has now given me my most important role of my life." But before gushing about her fiancĂ©, Portman thanked her parents "for giving [her] the opportunity to work from such an early age." Around the same time, Portman's father, Dr. Avner Hershlag was working too… on his self-published debut novel, Misconception.

One of the country's most renowned reproductive specialists, the Yale-educated Hershlag is Director of the Donor Egg and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, Director of Fertility Laboratories, and Medical Director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program at the Center for Human Reproduction in North Shore, Long Island. Clearly, he knows a lot about making babies and hopefully for Portman, her situation is far from the plot of Misconception.


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