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My Family, A Symphony: A Memoir of Global Adoption Hardcover – December 7, 2010
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While Mr. Eske's brother and sisters were chosen from around the world before settling in Nebraska, the Eske family dynamic will be familiar to anyone with younger siblings. The book does a fantastic job of realistically portraying the balance of normal family relationships with the often heartrending complications of physical disabilities and emotional trauma from the previous lives of adopted children. Mr. Eske is very aware throughout the book of his privilege and the special circumstances of his family. He also writes with modesty, humbleness, and a sharp sense of humor about himself - seen most clearly in the travel portions of the book. The anecdotes about traveling with friends in India to see both tourist haunts and the orphanage from which three of his siblings were adopted fit together seamlessly while still conveying the jarring contrasts between the expectations of a group of American students and the realities of the country they traveled. Mr. Eske has a knack for words and a special knack for drawing subtle comparisons that pull the reader in - for example, the author's description of the overwhelming atmosphere of monsoon season and the overwhelming emotion when hugged by the woman who ran the orphanage he visited. Dancing to Beyonce in the lobby of an Ethiopian hotel with a hotel worker before visiting that hotel worker's house in the slums of Addis portrays in a few crystallized moments of human interaction the author's earlier musings on globalization as something that, for all of his study, was still mysterious.Read more ›
Well presented, well written and informative. Aaron Eske lived this life, thanks in no small part to his parents, who opened their hearts (and homes) to children from different parts of the world. I would be interested to see what Mr. Eske does next!
I rate Aaron Eske's "My Family, A Symphony:" Five stars! May I suggest you read (and discover) this book for yourself? You won't be sorry! Trust me!
The story will resonate with those who have travelled the same path; others may misunderstand elements because they read it with a limited perspective of one who has not experienced such a reality. And while the story is a celebration of triumph over adversity, it does not have a pretty ending tied up in a bow.
This is a must read for all adoptive parents and anyone interested in global child welfare.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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