Monday, January 9, 2012
The writing is exactly what I look for in a memoir - nothing too heavy or detail-y, like you'd expect from a biography, but with a large focus on the author's emotions surrounding this portion of her life. Kindred did an amazing job of conveying those emotions in a way that is both a beautiful portrait of the choices she made to be a mother of a child that was not hers biologically and heartbreaking in their depiction of her loss.
I'm not sure how many times I can say heartbreaking in a review, but there you have it. The book is short and hard to put down. I read it over the course of an hour or two one night. Easy to get through, but touching and have I mentioned heartbreaking yet? Because it is. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a child you had raised from a very young age and have absolutely no options regarding even the basic visitation of that child. As I mentioned earlier, I had never given any thought to this possibility, but I can only imagine how many parents face this kind of thing.
I highly recommend picking this one up - especially if you're in any kind of blended family situation, but also if you like the memoir genre or if you're any other kind of non-traditional parent. This is a beautiful story of motherhood and that love and connection that transcends biological parenthood.
Posted by Julie G at 2:40 PM