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Somebody Else's Daughter: A Novel Paperback – April 7, 2009
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Brundage's second novel concerns ugly secrets that lie beneath the glossy veneer of a wealthy town and popular school in the Berkshires, waiting to be exposed by three new arrivals: a sculptor, her son and a writing teacher who gave up his daughter for adoption many years ago. Thrillers often make great audiobooks, because they offer frequent heart-stopping twists and turns. But this literary thriller, with its careful, delicate writing and a slow buildup to a powerful, sudden—and fairly predictable—denouement, is less suited to audio. Despite Bernadette Dunne's considerable efforts, the reading drags from time to time. Mark Bramhall only voices the prologue; the remainder of the book belongs to Dunne, who ably evokes both genders and is particularly skilled with New England accents. Despite the slowness of the story and patience required of the reader, this is a satisfying audio experience. A Viking hardcover (Reviews, May 26). (Aug.)
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"[A] deft balancing act of taut plot and richly drawn characters. . .Brundage is a storyteller supreme."
"Riveting...very moving and completely involving. . . Brundage is a brilliant novelist."
"Brundage has a penchant for turning topical subjects into gripping novels...Sex, drugs, violence and murder are all in the Brundage mix."
-The Washington Post
"[A] well-turned thriller. . . Brundage writes with startling clarity."
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A taut tale of suspense rounded out with sharp observations on parenting, adoption and the fraught business of keeping up appearances."
-New York Observer
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How could one small corner of the Berkshires, site of the Pioneer School, be home to prostitution, drug dealers and abuse, spousal abuse, child molestation, organized pit bull fighting, a pornographic movie mogul, not to mention a serial killer? And, to think none of this would have been discovered had Nate Gallagher and his girlfriend not driven from San Francisco all the way to Massachusetts to personally give their infant daughter to her adoptive parents.
Why, one might ask, did Nate and Catherine relinquish their child to this particular family? An attorney in San Francisco who knew the Massachusetts couple desperately wanted a child somehow discovered Nate and Cat, two penniless heroin addicts. Cat, terminally ill with AIDS, insisted on making the long drive east to spend as much time with her daughter as possible. While Nate was handing his baby to the adoptive parents, Cat died in the driveway. This Lifetime Movie-like moment should have been my first clue.
abused that are quite unsettling and disturbing. I'm sure that was her goal but I am particularly sensitive to graphic violence especially when it involves animals. I think it is a testament to the author's talent that she is able to depict this harrowing imagery so vividly, but I would have preferred the story without it. I highly recommend this novel but if you are a bit squeamish be careful.