SO excited to be giving away a copy of Far From the Tree today, before it comes out next Tuesday. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this book — from personal friends who’ve read it to, you know, from the people who put together the National Book Award. I’m going to start reading my copy TONIGHT.
Let’s flip it over and read the back of the book, shall we?
Being the middle child has its ups and downs.
But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—
Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.
And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.
Perfect for fans of NBC’s “This Is Us,” Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.
Spoiler: I have heard that you will cry.
THE TASK: Who doesn’t love a good cry? I’m going to pick our winner at random, but to keep it fun, please comment to tell us what pop culture creation you most enjoy crying cathartically over. Personally, for YEARS I would sob copiously at every episode of Parenthood.
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