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Brother & Sister [Paperback]

Joanna Trollope
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting journey... July 3 2004
What happens when an adult man and woman suddenly decide to seek out their biological mothers? Joanna Trollope introduces us to a wide cast of characters in this novel, and examines the effect the main characters', siblings Nathalie and David, sudden pressing search for their biological mothers has on those who surround them. It all starts when Steve, Nathalie's common-law husband has a friend at work whose girlfriend wants to interview adult adoptees. After talking with her, Nathalie decides she wants to find out about her mother, and convinces her David, to search for his biological mother at the same time. Instead of looking at adoption just from the view of the children who were given up, Trollope skillfully shows us how Nathalie and David's children, spouses, parents, co-workers and biological mothers and their families deal with the two's hunt. These many points of view and feelings add to the great characterization. I think I will be checking out more of her work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important June 19 2004
By Katieq
If you or a person close to you is adopted this book may assist in understanding how difficult it can be. The story explores the emotions of not only the adopted child and adoptive mother but that of family, work colleagues and the biological mother. My question is why is the mother always the focal point in this book?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Different June 14 2004
When you upset the delicacy of a family, you never know what the outcome will be so when Nathalie and David agree to search for their birth mothers, the applecart turns upside down and we watch the apples tumble out. Everyone is affected by this decision. Their adoptive mother has serious concerns over her role in their life once they've met the women who gave birth to them. Their spouses have to sort through where they fit in the overall picture. The birth mothers have to face their past and decide how or if it will fit in with their present. Even the children of the two siblings feel the changes around them and react in their own way. Trollope tells a good story. Perhaps there are some issues that seem to be a little thin. I would have liked to know a bit more about the after affects to Cora and Carole, the two birth mothers. But overall, it's an interesting storyline and has some merit to it.
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Whew, what a relief that this is a good novel, the sort of quality experience I expect from Trollope since her last novel (Girl from the South) was inferior. This one, however, is mighty fine reading and particularly involving. Definitely THE story for those interested in adoption from whichever view you want (adoptee, adopter, married to, sibling with, etc.).
Wonderful book replete with the details, texture and ungovernable emotions of family life. Finest kind of reading. I have to say I learn from Trollope's novels and I mean that in a good way. When it comes to the family and our human hearts, Trollope has insights that entertain, sure, but which also are useful. Mind you, I hate that touch-feely stuff! but I love Trollope's novels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well researched June 26 2004
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Joanna Trollope's new book deals with a subject of which I've had some experience. I'm a birth mother who's daughter found me 10 years ago. Having read five or six of Trollope's novels, I was interested to see how she would handle this topic. She's done the research. The adoption triad is complex and Trollope recognizes this. Cora and Carole's reactions to being found and meeting their children rang true for me.
The story lost power when it shifted back and forth to Steve's office staff. These people weren't interesting and were an annoying distraction from the main topic.
Those readers who have an interest in, or are involved in, the adoption triad may find this a good read. It's not hard to relate to each member's postion. Trollope has succeeded in showing adoption and the adoption reunion in a realistic way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars About adoption, the need to know Oct. 17 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nathalie and David, the two main characters, each delivered by a different mother, have been lovingly raised by their adoptive parents. As they reach adulthood, with their own partners and family to raise, a gnawing, persistent thought starts to take shape in Nathalie's mind. Her feelings influence her brother David too and the search for their respective biological families begins.

This comes almost as a surprise to their partners and adoptive parents too, to whom they've have always vowed a disinterest about their origins, thinking that their present, in itself quite serene and fulfilling, was all that mattered.

An emotional roller coaster ensues, involving everybody. Also, will Nathalie and David find an answer to their craving desire TO KNOW and will they eventually understand/accept it? Buy this lovely piece of fiction, which in any case I'm sure reflects many real stories out there, and find out.

This is the 4th book I read by J. Trollope and, as usual, I've liked it very, very much. The story is delivered with compassion and understanding, the narrative makes it a page-turner.
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