A Life Let Go

Hat tip to Susie at Finding Christopher for bringing my awareness to the book A Life Let Go: A Memoir and Five Birth Mother Stories of Closed Adoption by Patricia Florin.

Excerpt from Amazon:

Closed adoption, heralded as the answer to the problem of unplanned pregnancy, shows its other side in A Life Let Go, A Memoir and Five Birth Mother Stories of Closed Adoption. These women tell how they experienced unplanned pregnancy in the restrictiveness of the last decades of the twentieth century. All gave up a child in closed adoption—the only option—understanding they would never see them again, a dark contract made under great duress. “

I ordered it from Barnes and Noble.  Will let you know my thoughts soon.

Have you read it?

Finished About a Girl

I finished reading About a Girl by Sarah McCarry a few days ago.  Very briefly, I did not like it as much as the first two books in the Metamorphoses trilogy.

This final book felt rushed.  McCarry had some great characters and potentially a very engaging story but for me, personally, it moved way too fast. I wish she spent more time developing the characters and story lines.

Oddly, despite the seemingly condensed story, she uses a great deal of extra words.  Her writing is visual and highly descriptive (and I like this, it reminds me of Gaiman and I love Gaiman) but this book seemed needlessly wordy. In addition, while protagonist Tally was set up early on as a precocious, highly intelligent teenager, I struggled with her choice of words as well. I wanted to place her in the world of today’s teenagers and I could not do so. Something seemed off. Keep in mind I am parenting teenagers.

Early on we learn that Tally is on a quest for her biological parents. She was abandoned at birth on the door step of her “aunt”. Aunt (along with an amusing cast of characters) successfully raises Tally but as is often the case with individuals that have been abandoned/adopted/insert your own word here, she is not told much about her early beginnings.  At the age of 18, when her Aunt is out of town, Tally leaves Brooklyn for Seattle to find her roots.

It may seem to resemble an adoption search to some. It is not.  There is more focus on the individuals Tally meets and the experiences she has in the Northwest.  Consider it classic search for answers to the question of where she came from meets mythological creatures.

You do not have to read the first two books in the trilogy to enjoy this one.  However, if you do, trust that questions you may have had from the first two are answered in the final one.

Important to note that McCarry targets the YA (14-17 year old) demographic.  Being I am thirty years beyond that, my commentary should be taken very lightly.  I can see teenagers being far less critical.

You can buy the book on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Next up for me (in no particular order and not all adoption themed):

About a Girl [Book]

Author Sarah McCarry has released her final book in her Metamorphosis trilogy.  I read the first two All Our Pretty Songs and Dirty Wings.

The final book is titled About A Girl. There is an adoption thread that runs through all three books. It does not bonk you in the head and I would not necessarily call this an adoption book yet I find the authors inclusion of adoption in the character development — and her choice of words to be intriguing. As obvious here on this blog, I read a great deal about adoption, fiction, non fiction, memoir, etc. McCarry’s books popped up on my radar for that reason.

Excerpted from Barnes and Noble Overview (bold emphasis mine):

“Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There’s no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty–or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born. But when a sudden discovery upends her fiercely ordered world, Tally sets out on an unexpected quest to seek out the reclusive musician who may hold the key to her past–and instead finds Maddy, an enigmatic and beautiful girl who will unlock the door to her future.”

I ordered the book today on BN.com.  More to come after I read it.