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Family Family: A Novel de Laurie Frankel
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Family Family: A Novel (original: 2024; edição: 2024)

de Laurie Frankel (Autor)

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"India Allwood grew up wanting to be an actress. Armed with a stack of index cards and a hell of a lot of talent, she goes from awkward 16-year-old to Broadway ingenue to tv star. But while promoting her most recent project, a film about adoption, India does what you should never do - she tells a journalist the truth: it's a bad movie. Like so many movies about adoption, it tells only one story, a tragic one. But India's an adoptive mom herself and knows there's so much more to her family than tragedy. Soon she's at the center of a media storm, battling accusations from the press and the paparazzi, from protesters on the right and advocates on the left. Her daughter Fig knows they need help - and who better to call for help than family? Because India's not just an adoptive mom. She also had a baby she gave up for adoption her senior year of high school. That baby is now sixteen, excited to meet her birth mother and eager to help, but she also has an agenda and secrets of her own. It turns out what makes afamily isn't blood and it isn't love because no matter how they're formed, the hallmark of true family is this: it's complicated"--… (mais)
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Título:Family Family: A Novel
Autores:Laurie Frankel (Autor)
Informação:Henry Holt and Co. (2024), 400 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:Adoption

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I’ve been thinking about how to describe this book that I liked so much. In many ways it reminded me of "Tom Lake" and "Lessons in Chemistry." India Allwood, the main character, has always wanted to be a serious actress on the Broadway stage (details of rehearsals and performances of several plays), yet she isn’t taken seriously and is misunderstood as a woman who intentionally places two of her newborn children in adoptive families. She is unusual in her attitudes towards family, children, adoption, and abortion. And even though these are significant topics, the book is very funny – lots of humor and wordplay and complicated plot twists that result in a heartwarming, hilarious, and slightly outrageous novel about adoption and what makes a family a “family family.”

During the pandemic, India has starred in a movie about adoption, and everything blows up while promoting the movie when she explains how she wants people to know that stories of adoption can be happy, not only the ones that tell of orphanages, abandonment, and tragedy. She explains how “there are infinity different kinds of families. And every member of every one has a different story to tell about it. So the fact that a few stories about adoption are the only ones that ever get told seems like a problem to me.”

The novel goes back and forth in time from India’s high school years to college, with her significant boyfriends, her 10-year-old adopted twins, as a notable Broadway actress, and as a famous TV superhero. I enjoyed how author Laurie Frankel wove the Covid pandemic into the plot, with our then naïve and wishful thinking that the lockdown would only last a few weeks (or a few months).

There is so much to like in this novel about family - whether adopted, bio, chosen, or found family. As India says, “no matter how they get made, family is a force to be reckoned with.” This thought-provoking and entertaining novel would make a great book club choice. I highly recommend it. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Apr 10, 2024 |
India's life choices make for a fascinating story. It was nice to get a different kind of adoption story, too. Great book. ( )
  AngelClaw | Feb 28, 2024 |
An amazing book and such a fun read. She writes children so well pretty much all ages. What constitutes a family. Choices such as adoption abortion and single motherhood. Loved the people and happy it did not turn into a sloppy romance. ( )
  shazjhb | Feb 22, 2024 |
Frankel’s new family dramedy lived up to my high expectations for it. Read my full review here.

Publication is expected January 23.

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #FamilyFamily ( )
  joyblue | Jan 22, 2024 |
So the fact that a few stories about adoption are the only ones that ever get told seems like a problem to me.

from Family Family by Laurie Frankel
For a hilarious, joyful read, this novel’s intent is serious: to rewrite the adoption narrative. These wonderful, complicated, messy characters have made complicated and wonderful choices.

India Allwood was seven when she saw her first Broadway show. She dedicated her life to forging an acting career. Nothing was going to get in her way. Not the fact that she couldn’t sing, or wasn’t the most beautiful person around. Not love. Not a teenage pregnancy. Putting a career first meant giving up her baby and losing her true love. But she knew the adoptive parent was perfect, that she had given joy to someone who wanted to be a parent, and had given her baby a good life, and given herself the freedom to follow her dreams.

Years later, India has adopted twins and has a cult following for her television show. But there is blowback for her portrayal of a pregnant teenager in a movie made during the Covid pandemic. It threatens to end her career.

Her children, though, have set into motion a series of events that are revelatory and healing for all involved.

It’s all about family and ‘family family’, how love is not always enough, and how adoption can be joyful and positive. It’s about the challenges of parenting and growing up as an adopted child, and how a decision that can be right for a child affects the parents. It’s about love, and the limits of love, and how love sustains and never ends.

Thanks to the publisher for a free book. ( )
  nancyadair | Nov 19, 2023 |
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"India Allwood grew up wanting to be an actress. Armed with a stack of index cards and a hell of a lot of talent, she goes from awkward 16-year-old to Broadway ingenue to tv star. But while promoting her most recent project, a film about adoption, India does what you should never do - she tells a journalist the truth: it's a bad movie. Like so many movies about adoption, it tells only one story, a tragic one. But India's an adoptive mom herself and knows there's so much more to her family than tragedy. Soon she's at the center of a media storm, battling accusations from the press and the paparazzi, from protesters on the right and advocates on the left. Her daughter Fig knows they need help - and who better to call for help than family? Because India's not just an adoptive mom. She also had a baby she gave up for adoption her senior year of high school. That baby is now sixteen, excited to meet her birth mother and eager to help, but she also has an agenda and secrets of her own. It turns out what makes afamily isn't blood and it isn't love because no matter how they're formed, the hallmark of true family is this: it's complicated"--

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