Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Read: "The Possiblity of You" by Pamela Redmond Satran

Read: The Possibility of You by Pamela Redmond Satran, 2012, 9781451616422.

Committee book.  Not my kind of thing but interesting.  Spoiler-iffic content lies ahead.

Three stories from 1916, 1976 (or so) and present day.  Three women all having child or abortion issues.  1916 is an Irish nanny whose charge dies of polio.  Nanny leaves her controlling and wealthy boss to marry and raise kid.  Her husband dies in WWI and she is destitute with young son.  Begs job back from wealthy woman.

1976 is 19-years-old and her drunk father dies in Berkeley, CA.  She discovers letters from her grandmother.  Girl thought she had no family.  Girl follows best pal over to NYC to meet grandmother.  Best Pal says he is gay but goes both ways.  Girl gets pregnant from Best Pal and gives child up for adoption.

Present Day.  Present-Day Lady is 35-year-old foreign affairs journalist.  Present-Day was adopted.  Present-Day gets pregnant by married dude.  Present-Day has to decide whether to keep the child or get an abortion.  Present-Day decides to find birth mother.  Present-Day's adoptive parents are worried.

Decent story but you could see everything coming.  I suppose there were not meant to be any surprises.  This is following people along as they deal with tough decisions. 1916 was more a mother than her boss was and was broken apart when the boy died.  She gives over her own son to Boss and stays as housekeeper and nanny.  1916 thinks her child will be well cared for with all the money but things do not turn out well.

1976 is young.  1976 cannot care for a kid.  1976 has no job or resources and is dependent on her wealthy and manipulative grandmother.  1976 gets massive post-partum depression.

Present-Day finds out 1976 is her mom.  1976 signed her away in midst of her depression and left to get her head together.  1916 arranged adoption of 1976's child by her 1916's cousin who was childless.  1916 was active in 1976's life but died when 1976 was only four (or so).  By time 1976 came back to NYC Present-Day. 

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