Somewhere Out There

Somewhere Out There

A Novel

Book - 2016
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A young mother surrenders her daughters. A loving family quickly adopts one while the other spends her turbulent youth in foster care. What happens when the sisters reunite thirty-five years later to find the woman who abandoned them?
Publisher: New York, NY : Washington Square Press, 2016.
Edition: First Washington Square Press trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781476704432
Branch Call Number: HATVANY A
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 29, 2019

Although there is some merit here, the book wanders from the strong theme about maternal instinct vs maternal expectations, and becomes hackneyed and sentimental. The cliches of poverty and the suburban biases about the working classes ruin the thread of reunion between a family that has been torn apart by circumstance and authoritarian pressures. Even the prison experience in the novel is unrealistic and not well presented as a narrative. The author tends , like Ms. Picoult to wander back and forth between narrators trying to give everyone's perspective to the point where the reader is not sure who to identify with, and usually no longer cares.


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