Brother & SisterBook - 2004 | 1st U.S. ed
From the celebrated author of Marrying the Mistress and The Rector's Wife , a keenly observed and elegant new novel about the families we're born into, and the ones we create.
We all need to know where we come from, where we belong. But for David and Natalie, this need to know is even more urgent, since they are adopted. Brought up by the same parents, but born to two different mothers, they have grown up as brother and sister, and share a fierce loyalty.
Their decision, in their late thirties, to embark upon the journey to find their birth mothers is no straightforward matter. It affects, acutely and often painfully, their spouses and children, the people they work with, and, most poignantly, the two women who gave them up for adoption all those years ago, and who have since made other lives, even borne other children.
Exploring her subject with inimitable imagination and humanity, Joanna Trollope once again works her magic. In this rich narrative, at once gritty and graceful, she exposes the extraordinary challenges that arise at the heart of ordinary lives.
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Marnie said she had done pre-school teacher training in Canada and had come to England because she needed to get out of Winnipeg and had felt that Toronto wasn't far enough.
It seemed to him sometimes that his parents must both have had some kind of amnesia, the kind that prevents you from ever remembering what it was like to be anything other than old and boring.
he had not, in his heart of hearts, accepted the ban as final. He had chosen, rather, to hear it as something his parents would prefer not to know about rather than something he would be punished for persisting in.
The next question, Daniel knew, should have been, 'What's the matter?' but it was a difficult question. Sometimes you wanted it asked very badly and sometimes you hated having it asked, and if you had to do the asking there might be all kinds of stuff that followed that made you feel like you did when you tried to pull just one towel down out of the airing cupboard and the whole lot fell out instead and came out of its folds and turned having a simple shower into an episode.
She remembered them all talking at her, social workers, the adoption people, her parents, and they said to her that if she was selfish enough to keep the baby that showed she was immature and an unfit mother. When she said that maybe if she had enough support she could manage with the baby, even finish her schooling, they said her feelings were not now of consequence, that she had used up her share of indulgence in that department with her promiscuity and her fertility.
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