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Somebody Else's Daughter: A Novel (edició 2008)
de Elizabeth Brundage (Autor)
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Somebody Else's Daughter de Elizabeth Brundage
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This novel makes a promising start -- the insular community of a private school faculty begins showing cracks when a long-absent resident returns home, and a new writing instructor comes to the faculty. Old secrets surface, and the rot beneath the shiny surface begins to bubble up.
Unfortunately, this fine beginning devolves into melodrama, coincidence piled upon coincidence, and totally unbelievable decisions are made by some of the characters. By the time it's all over, the thing feels like a Hallmark Movie gone south.
I'd kind of have to compare this book to a train wreck -- lots of bad stuff going on, but I had to keep reading to find out how it ended (that & the fact that I was reading it for book club). I went into this novel expecting a story about a teenage girl, adopted at birth, who somewhat purposefully accidentally ends up in her birth father's high school classroom -- this based on the description on the back of the book. But that really doesn't describe this novel at all. There are so many things going on in this story with a number of characters (most of them bad) that it makes it difficult to really figure out what the storyline is supposed to be. Not only did some aspects seemed farfetched, but none of the characters (with the exception of maybe one) were particularly likeable. There was infidelity, pornography, drugs, murder, animal cruelty....basically too much for one novel. It's as if Brundage tried to come up with as many despicable characters & actions as she could, and then she tried to put them all in one book. But it just seemed way too dysfunctional. Had she picked a couple of these things & perhaps written a story based on that, this may have been more palatable.
Willa is an infant born to two drug addicts in San Francisco, who responsibly decide to give their infant daughter up for adoption to a wealthy couple living a privileged life in a small town in New York. Willa's mother dies the day they give Willa away, due to her advanced AIDS-related illness. Many years later, her father has pulled his life together and seeks a position teaching at a private school where Willa attends. Unknown to Willa, her parents, or the many aflluent parents in the community, he is able to take a minor role in Willa's life as a teacher to observe her firsthand and she has turned out. This storyline is enbedded in a number of other storylines which all intersect, complicated the plot and transitioning the story from a simple story of adoption to one that includes lust, sexual affairs, drug abuse, pornography, the defilement of women, animal torture, sexual brutality and vile and pointless violence. This is not a pretty story and there were several points where I almost stopped reading it. The story also alternated from the viewpoints of all of the primary characters, which made the novel confusing at times. It didn't help that none of the characters was particularly likeable- they all had huge character flaws and most had major secrets. I was also confused at times as two of the main male characters had sexually deviant behavior with other women and I had to keep trying to remember who was who. Was this really necessary? While the story wrapped up in a rather satisfying way, it was a rough road getting to the end. I did not particularly enjoy this one as it was pretty barbaric at times, though there were some good parts that were more enjoyable and the writing style was very descriptive and interesting.
This book was full of drama and intrigue, which was not what I expected on the outset. I thought this book was going to delve into the intricacies of adoption from the adopter and the adoptee's viewpoint and psyche. So, I was a little let down when it turned into a full on thriller. It's almost as if the author had 10 different ideas that she wanted to write about, and instead of writing 10 (or 5) different books, she threw all her plot ideas into one book. I certainly kept you guessing, and the pace was quick, but I would have enjoyed a more indepth look at one or two characters.
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Two young drifters, Nate and Cat--bottomed out on drugs and living on the margins of San Francisco--are forced by stress and circumstance to give up their infant daughter. Seventeen years later, Nate comes to the idyllic setting of the Berkshires to teach at the elite private Pioneer School--as his daughter's teacher. Willa Golding, ensconced in a magnificent country home with her parents, has never worried much about being adopted. But when the world she's always trusted becomes a foreign place, she learns that her adoptive parents have not been totally honest with her--nor with others in their privileged circle. Claire Squire is a visual artist struggling on the outskirts of her profession. It is a lucky break to get her troubled son, Teddy, a backdoor acceptance to Pioneer. But Teddy soon finds it's a precarious place well disguised by preppy ties, plaid skirts, and activities designed to look good on college applications. Somebody Else's Daughter is a collision of two very different fathers--biological and adoptive; a woman whose independence and talent have led her to dead ends in life and love; and a villain whose intentions slowly unfold with the help, witting and unwitting, of all those around him. An electric, suspenseful tale of conflicted characters and the fractured landscape of the American psyche, it scratches the surface of the Berkshire dream.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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