Natalie Portman‘s dad has babies on the brain, and not just because his daughter is in the final trimester of her pregnancy. Dr. Avner Hershlag (Portman is Natalie’s stage name, FYI) just happens to be a big whig at the Center for Human Reproduction in Long Island and one of the nation’s leading reproductive specialists. But he also has a creative side, too. In fact, Avner is currently shopping his first novel to publishers. It’s called Misconception, and he has dubbed it a “fertility thriller.”
So what does that mean?The novel follows a fictional fertility doctor named Anya Krim who is trying to help the President and wife conceive. Only their embryos are stolen from the lab. At the same time, Dr. Krim has two other unusual cases on her rotation—a missing baby with “ambiguous genitalia” whose mother is dead and a senator’s daughter who has been in a coma for two years but who has mysteriously gotten pregnant.
If you want to hear more about the book’s odd and sometimes disturbing plot twists, head over to The Daily Beast. But we would like to point out one interesting moment in the book that may be a nod to Natalie and her role in “Black Swan.” Regarding that senator’s daughter who is pregnant and in a coma, Dr. Krim gets into a fight with a colleague who thinks the baby should be aborted. Dr. Krim vehemently opposes this saying, “I can see this little girl grow up, take ballet lessons, maybe even get really good, a prodigy of sorts.”
Perhaps even an Oscar winner?