Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 400 pages
Audiobook Length: 12 hours and 30 minutes
First Published: 2024
Not all adoption stories are filled with pain and regret. A propulsive, sharply funny and strikingly tender novel.
India Allwood grew up wanting to be an actress. Armed with a stack of index cards (which, torn into pieces, also function as make-shift confetti) 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 a family 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.
About Laurie Frankel
Laurie Frankel is an author whose works include One Two Three, Family Family, This is How it Always Is, Goodbye for Now, and The Atlas of Love. Frankel currently lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit the author’s website →