BookBrowse Reviews Other People's Children by R.J. Hoffmann

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Other People's Children

by R.J. Hoffmann

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Other People's Children by R.J. Hoffmann
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    Apr 2021, 384 pages

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In this propulsive debut novel about family, grief and longing, R.J. Hoffman presents characters facing a near-impossible moral dilemma.

Gail and Jon long to start a family of their own. With news that Carli, a pregnant 18-year-old, has chosen them to adopt her baby, it seems that dream is finally about to become a reality. After bonding with Carli throughout the pregnancy and reveling in their first days as parents once the baby arrives, their bubble is quickly burst. Having not yet signed the form of Final Consent, Carli, spurred on by her domineering mother Marla, decides to reclaim custody. But with a string of miscarriages and failed adoption applications suffered en route to their newfound happiness, Gail and Jon are not prepared to give up the child without a fight.

The story is told from multiple perspectives: those of Gail, Jon, Carli, Marla, and Paige, the social worker assigned to oversee the adoption. This is a clever move on Hoffmann's part, allowing us to gain insight into each character's emotional ...

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