To hear Sarah's interview on Woman's Hour (Radio 4, 13 April), click here
Quinn "Q" Boothroyd is a 28-year-old British woman working as a lawyer in New York City. She is married to Tom, who is American, and also a lawyer. Six months into her pregnancy, her doctor tells her she must go on bed rest until delivery, and her world turns upside down.
Tom, Q's husband, works for one of the biggest law firms in the City, and will soon be up for partner.
Alison, Q's sister, lives in London and has two children. Her husband is wealthy and from a titled family. She is an artist and a sculptor.
Jeanie, Q's youngest sister, also lives in London. She is currently enrolled in a Master's Progam in social work. Her boyfriend's name is Dave.
About The Author: Sarah Bilston was born in England and now lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children. She received her undergraduate and Master's degrees from University College, London, and her doctorate from the University of Oxford. She is now an Assistant Professor of English Literature at Trinity College, Hartford. Her first book, on Victorian representations of girlhood, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004, and her first book of fiction, Bed Rest, was published by HarperCollins (US) in May 2006 and will be published by Sphere (UK) in March 2007. She is currently working on a sequel to Bed Rest, entitled Sleepless Nights. You can reach her by Email at Sarah DOT Bilston AT Yahoo DOT com.