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The Russian Word for Snow: A True Story of Adoption Paperback – February 12, 2002
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“A nail-biting adoption saga with a happy ending.” ―People Magazine
“The Russian Word for Snow is about the alchemy of desire, courage, grace; about the buried secrets of a foreign land; about a little boy in a Russian crib who tangles his fingers in his new mother's hair. Their story is compelling. It is poetry. It is true. It held me transfixed as I read.” ―Beth Kephart, author of the 1998 National Book Award finalist A Slant of Sun
“The couple's fight to bring Alex home after months of dashed hopes and bureaucratic snafus vividly illustrates the perils of foreign adoption.” ―People Magazine
“Newman's story, told with understated grace, reminds us that parenthood is an internal journey not measurable by blood or footsteps; that life with a child is a daily opportunity for mutual redemption in moments both unique and fleeting.” ―Kate Moses, Salon.com columnist and co-editor of Mothers Who Think
“On one level, this is one woman's story of going to Russia to adopt a little boy and experiencing the wrenching, exuberant passions of falling love with a child. On another level, it's every mother's story--our doubts and our fears about what kind of mother we will make. The writing is compelling, and straight from the heart.” ―Adair Lara, San Francisco Chronicle columnist and author of Hold Me Close, Let Me Go
“Beautifully written, intimately portrayed, it's an extraordinary tale of the power of a mother's love.” ―Karin Evans, author of The Lost Daughters of China
Top Customer Reviews
However, if you're looking for a "how to" book on Russian adoption, or even a reason to support same, don't look here. Ms. Newman's lack of homework, her obvious disdain for Russia and its people, and her eagerness to leave the country left a very bitter taste in my mouth.
I was horrified to see the crass way in which she refers to the many people she met on her journey. I almost wonder why she bothered to write the book. My 3-star rating = 4 for her writing style, - 1 for the disservice her book (and the attention it has received) does to Russian adoption.
The story, though, is compelling and gripping (although I find myself rooting for the narrator more to benefit the baby and the husband than her) and the writing is easy to read. I went through the whole book in one sitting in 2.5 hours.
I give it 4 stars for the story and the read. If this was fiction, I would have given it less because the main character was so unappealing.
All of that said, I give this book three stars for its great writing style; it really was a good read. Also, this is one of the only books on the market dealing specifically with Russian adoption, and I appreciate the author's attempt to fill some of that void. If you are interested in reading one of the best books I've read on contemporary Russia, post-Soviet era, read The Fire Escape is Locked for Your Safety by Molly Baier. It's an American lawyer's account of her trip across Russia, from the Ukraine to Vladivostok, and includes some hilarious interviews with different Russians.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ms Newman's book ends with wheels up from Moscow, implying that everything from then on was a cakewalk, and maybe for her it was. Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by J Brooks
I agree with the other negative reviews. Reading this book I had a hard time liking the author. It was less about the adoption itself or the journey her son took to become part of... Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by Explorer77
This was a really funny and emotional book that I couldn't put down for 2 days until I finished reading it. Read morePublished on September 28, 2009 by Sandra Lamonaca
One of the first books not to gloss over the truth about intercountry adoptions. The writer's reaction to Russia is an honest one and her perceptions accurate. Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Sam
The Russian Word for Snow: A True Story of Adoption
The author wasn't bitter; she was terrified. Read more
Having read a number of the other reviews, I almost wonder if I read the same book. The writer is intelligent and her story is deeply touching. Read morePublished on December 8, 2008 by S. Hearn
This adoption story was wonderfully written. I read it four years ago in preparation for our adventure to Russia to adopt our son. Read morePublished on July 25, 2008 by ANDREA PRESTON
If you are adopting from Russia, this is a great "happy end" story to read while in the process.
Great reading while you are waiting for your referral and thirsty for details... Read more
I never have written a book review, but wanted to share. I had read all of the negative reviews, so was expecting a horrid book filled with selfishness. Read morePublished on September 15, 2007 by Allison