Tuesday, December 1, 2020

What Was Mine

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: she takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It’s a secret she manages to keep for over two decades—from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends.

When Lucy’s now-grown daughter Mia discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. She reaches out to her birth mother for a tearful reunion, and Lucy is forced to flee to China to avoid prosecution. What follows is a ripple effect that alters the lives of many and challenges our understanding of the very meaning of motherhood.

Author Helen Klein Ross, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, weaves a powerful story of upheaval and resilience told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy, Mia, Mia’s birth mother, and others intimately involved in the kidnapping. What Was Mine is a compelling tale of motherhood and loss, of grief and hope, and the life-shattering effects of a single, irrevocable moment.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Oh wow! Make sure you have your tissue on hand.  What a book! One of my biggest fears was someone kidnapping my kids.  What Was Mine took me on an emotional merry-go-round. 

Helen Klein Ross is a poet and novelist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and in The Iowa Review where it won the 2014 Iowa Review award in poetry. 

Her new novel The Latecomers, published by Little, Brown, is the story of an Irish immigrant, an ancestral home in New England and the dark secrets hidden in its walls for generations. Interweaving timelines span 1899 to present day.

Her second novel What Was Mine (Simon & Schuster, 2016) tells the story of a girl who discovers that she wasn't adopted, she was kidnapped. It was chosen by People magazine as a Best New Book of 2016. 

Her first novel, Making It: A Novel of Madison Avenue (Simon & Schuster, 2013) was the first e-book with a digital epilogue which links to online content where readers can explore material created by each character: makingitafterwords.tumblr.com

Helen is the creator and editor of The Traveler's Vade Mecum (Red Hen Press, 2016), an anthology of new poems titled by old telegrams found in an 1853 book she discovered on Twitter. Over 70 contributing poets include Frank Bidart and Billy Collins. 

Helen graduated from Cornell University and received an MFA from The New School. In her former life as a writer/creative director at global ad agencies in NYC and San Francisco, she created the award winning blog Adbroad.com and acclaimed Twitter handle @BettyDraper. Helen lives with her husband in New York and Lakeville, Connecticut. 

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