In their sun-paled plaid maternity bathing suits, the pregnant young women . . . Coming along the water's edge, heads higher than the line of the sea . . . bellies swollen stately.
Faces and limbs freckled in every hollow, burnished on the ball of the shoulder, the tip of the nose . . . The light in their eyes stealing sparkle from the far hard edge of the sea.
—John Updike, When Everyone Was Pregnant
The baby blue van veers into the parking lot of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West...