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This novel begins with a photograph, and my writing it began the same way. I was trolling the Web five years ago, looking for entries to add to
Initially, the journalist in me wanted to know what had happened to that baby. The novelist in me asked the same question. There was a brief skirmish. But when I read that the babies raised this way were returned to their orphanages and adopted like any of the other infants, the novelist in me won out. Without access to more information, I had a feeling that fiction would be if not stranger than at least longer than truth.
Still, the time frame in which the novel would be set plunged me into my first attempt at writing historical fiction, and other facts ended up being important to Henry House’s story. A few examples of fun facts I found along the way:
All of these facts landed in my private file of "who knew?" and subsequently landed in the novel as well. But the central fact remained that the baby in the picture had started his life being cared for by multiple women, and I knew that no matter what else happened in the book, that weird fact would shape the heart of my character and, I will hope, the heart of the book. --Lisa Grunwald
(Photo © Jon LaPook)
As it is based on a true story, I had hoped to come out with a better understanding on just how these babies were impacted by their unusual upbringings. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robin Joly
“Practice babies” were supplied by an orphanage to the Cornell University home economics program, raised by a rotating group of female college students. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe Da Rold
Loved it! The intriguing premise of, "How will a kid turn out as an adult after being raised in a practice house? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Emily Hie
Interesting subject as I actually was in one of the practice houses. We had no baby, though. Provoked lots of conversation with a college class in Human Sciences. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joyce Miles
I read the beginning of this book with great interest. I liked learning about the orphans who were used for training purposes, but the second half of the book was so repetitious... Read morePublished 6 months ago by reader101
Very interesting story. I like the time period that it was set. The late 40's on. Henry is one of the home economics babies for a college. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lilly