A Novel

Book - 2010
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A young caseworker becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of adoptive and birth parents, with devastating results. It all begins with a fantasy: the caseworker in her "signing paperwork" charcoal suit, standing alongside beaming parents cradling their adopted newborn. It's this blissful picture that keeps Chloe Pinter, director of the Chosen Child's domestic-adoption program, happy while juggling the high demands of her boss and the incessant needs of both adoptive and biological parents. But the very job that offers her refuge from her turbulent personal life and Portland's winter rains soon becomes a battleground involving three very different couples. When a child goes missing, dreams dissolve into nightmares, and everyone is forced to examine what he or she really wants and where it all went wrong.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061974298
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 22, 2012

I didn't enjoy this book but finished it nonetheless. From the author's notes, I understand that she was trying to write a book in shades of gray about adoption and both the birth and adoptive parents. I don't think she succeeded.
I didn't like the characters so it was hard to feel invested in them, or feel that their actions were realistic.
I was particularly annoyed by a major choice made by the main character at the end of the book as it seemed ridiculous given all that had come before.

JCLHelenH Feb 06, 2011

Fans of Picoult and Bohjalian might enjoy this story of an adoption case worker who gets too close to the families she's working with. This would be a great book discussion title, as it raises many questions about adoption processes for which there are no right answers.


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