Eske was born in Nebraska in 1983, and in 1989 his parents welcomed from India an infant they named Meredith. Three more siblings followed: Michelle and Jordan from India, and Jamie from Korea. As the family grew, they moved into ever-larger houses ("1,000 for each of us kids"), and Eske's feelings of alienation increased. After completing a master's degree at the London School of Economics, Eske decided to visit his siblings' home countries and the orphanages they lived in, even meeting their original caretakers, during a 23-city journey he viewed as essential to "getting back in with my family again." Throughout, Eske (communications director for Global Action for Children, funded by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation) shares family stories, reflections and observations from his travels, and details the history, joys, and complications of international adoption. The author notes he had to "search the world to understand our miraculous connection that beat evolution," but while his is a heartfelt story, it's not entirely clear if he's come to terms with the events and feelings that led to his feeling disconnected in the first place. (Dec.)
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My Family, A Symphony is a beautifully written, honest, and at times refreshingly humorous look at international adoption. Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by chigg30
This is a very inspiring story of a unique large family's trials and tribulations seen through the very watchful eyes of the son that wasn't adopted that decides to see where his... Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by mamasita
There were some interesting bits in the book. It is basically an autobiography and the family is more interesting than most with the many countries represented in the children. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by S. Al-Amri
I received this book as a Christmas gift. Once I started reading, I had trouble putting it down because I kept wanting to know more of Aaron's story. Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by Clinging Vine
I was so captivated by how effortlessly Eske moves between his family's story, the colourful travel writing, and his explorations into how international adoption has become what it... Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by HY77