January 4, 2016
Simply told but deeply affecting, in the bestselling tradition of Alice McDermott and Tom Perrotta, this urgent novel unravels the heartrending yet unsentimental tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore—and gets away with it for twenty-one years.
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.
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Review by April
ARC received via NetGalley for an honest review
4.5 Katcheratchma Stars
As a lover of smut I must say I'm speechless and in awe. This book had absolutely NO smut- zero, zilch, nada! And guess what?!
I. LOVED. IT! Sometimes it's worth the risk to step out of your comfort zone, especially when you stumble upon a gem such as What Was Mine. I don't even know where to start- aside from the fact that Helen Klein Ross is a literary genius! I've just discovered a new "go to" Author to add to my list.
What Was Mine was nothing short of spellbinding. A storyline so unique in it's delivery, told from multiple perspectives/recollections that transitioned from past to present flawlessly without losing pace or my interest. I couldn't read this book fast enough! Short chapters that suck you into its vortex and consume you. Every word written plays into the intricacies of this complex telling of Lucy and Mia's emotionally haunting tale.
This story is every parents worst nightmare, yet I couldn't help the heartbreak I felt towards the villain towards the end. WHAT!?!? It's a love/hate situation that you're going to have to read for yourself in order to understand the anguishing turmoil I've been dealing with. GAH! It's a roller coaster ride!
More than a week later I'm still reeling from all the emotions brought forth from this story. It will captivate your mind and heart, holding you hostage in the epitome of hangover hell. I loved every facet of this book and I can't wait to read more of Helen's work.