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Losing Isaiah Hardcover – October 7, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (October 7, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156282807X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562828073
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,413,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Recent headline-making custody cases are echoed in this contrived, yet provocative book. Selma Richards, black, illiterate and drug-addicted, sold her premature baby boy Isaiah to Margaret and Charles Lewin, an affluent white couple, for $25,000. Two and a half years later, Selma has turned her life around: she is drug-free, employed, learning to read--and she wants her son back. But Isaiah is now a cherished part of the Lewin family and they will not give him up easily. Using the connections of her sympathetic reading tutor, Selma hires a powerful attorney, and a bitter custody case begins. What is in Isaiah's best interests? A strong cultural identity? Emotional and material security? Mystery writer Margolis ( Disappearing Acts ) turns a sharp eye on the legal system, the media and the less savory side of family life. Selma's pompous and self-serving attorney has his own reasons for taking her case. Charles unwisely begins an affair with a seductive co-worker. And Selma is pressured into adopting a deceptive life style. The message of the book is manipulatively delivered, some passages seem extraneous and the frequent switches in point of view are a blow to cohesion. Nonetheless, the story is generally engrossing and, to its credit, offers no pat answers to complicated issues. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-Selma Richards is single, black, illiterate, and living in Brooklyn. Margaret Lewin is married, white, educated, and has an Upper West Side Manhattan address. The common thread? Selma sold her child to Margaret in infancy for $25,000. Now she has turned her life around and wants to make a home for her son. She's kicked drugs, gotten a job, saved some money, and joined a literacy program. But most important, she's black, like Isaiah, and she is his birth mother. Margaret has seen the boy through a difficult infancy, provided him with what appears to be a stable home for two-and-a-half years, nurtured and loved him, and made him an indispensable part of her family. And what is best for Isaiah? That is the question in this thought-provoking, nonjudgmental book.
Pamela B. Rearden, Centreville Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By Dolores D. Bittleman on October 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Political polemic staged in New York City neighborhoods that speak volumes, if you know the geography.

A chequered past sharpens Isahia's black mom to one purpose: to regain her child. Isaiah has been adopted by a white family.

While working as a maid and nanny, Isahia's mom painfully learns to read--and write; part of her determination to regain her son. His adopted home is welcoming and loving so the inchoate dynamics are the drama in this story.

Unless you're up for the cliched notion of the redeemed mom, skip this one.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I find this book terrific. I just couldn't put it down. I even woke up in the dawn just to continue reading it. I like the way the author describe each person in the book, I like the easy-to-understand language he used. Just read it, you'll love it. I recommend it to everyone.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teagan Blue on February 16, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book well before the movie and I loved it. It is a touching story with lots of emotion. It is a quick easy read and it is beautiful.
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