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And Then I Found You: A Novel Hardcover – April 9, 2013

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A Patti Callahan Henry (Coming Up for Air, 2012) story can be counted on to contain one or more of the following: secrets from the past, lost love, and a damaged heroine who keeps others at arm’s length. Her latest novel sticks true to form, with a twist—Henry drew inspiration from her own sister’s true-life story. In the fictional version, the secret harbored by Kate, owner of an upscale boutique, is that she gave a baby girl up for adoption when she was young. This is news only to Kate’s current boyfriend, Rowan, who’s about to propose marriage. Before she can commit, Kate needs to find closure with Jack, the father of her child and the love of her life. When her daughter, now a teenager, manages to track Kate down, the situation grows more complicated. Henry instills her characters with precisely the complex emotions and erratic behavior one would expect in the situation. Though she presents an idealized outcome, Henry does effectively convey how such reunions are tinged with equal parts elation and fear. --Patty Wetli


“AND THEN I FOUND YOU is as authentic as it is riveting and ultimately unforgettable. Your past will find you―and it can change your life. I think it’s the most soulful book she’s ever written.” ―Dorothea Benton Frank, author of Porch Lights

“In And Then I Found You Patti Callahan Henry explores the labyrinth of a woman's heart--mother, daughter, sister, friend, lover. Moving and beautifully written. ” ―Mary Alice Monroe, author of Beach House Memories

“Patti Callahan Henry has a singular gift----she can connect her characters so deeply to the natural world. She leads Katie Vaughn by moonlight, with a touch as light and deft as a white feather, unafraid to plunge her into the deepest sorrows so that she can emerge changed and beautiful. You can't help but root for Katie. AND THEN I FOUND YOU is Henry at her best, brimming with heart and compassionate wisdom.” ―Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of A Grown Up Kind of Pretty

“Patti Callahan Henry asks the big, equivocal questions about what it means to be a mother, a child, a family, and the answers she finds in AND THEN I FOUND YOU will surprise you, provoke you, and rearrange your heart.” ―Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and What We Saw at Night

“A touching story” ―Kirkus

“Henry writes this story with eloquence and beauty. This is her most personal and her most powerful story to date.” ―Huffington Post

“A delicious read featuring all of the elements of love, loss and familial tension.” ―The Atlantan


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312610769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312610760
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Springtime in Bluffton, South Carolina heralds thirty-five-year-old Kate Vaughan's annual tradition of trying New Things. This spring, her past--which she's tried so hard to keep in place over the past decade--will come marvelously apart; her New Things will make everything change, and everything begin.

Composed of flashbacks of only the component parts of Kate's childhood and early adulthood that have led up to the present moment, And Then I Found You details the most determined, devastating decision a mother should ever have to make. These brief evocations slowly clarify her past, and are intermingled with her current conflicts with Rowan--the perfect boyfriend whom she still isn't completely satisfied with--and with her inability to let go of what's already happened.

Without giving too much away, I will say I was awed by the plot, especially because it actually happened in the author's life, but was very disappointed by the story itself. Don't get me wrong; Henry's prose is elegant and coherent, but I just feel the book as a whole is kind of boring. Everything that happens isn't exciting--at least not as exciting as the author tries to convey it as. She flits across the complexity of human emotion but doesn't exactly capture it, which is why I couldn't connect with this book, either.

My biggest issue however, is Kate. She's just really, really snobby and difficult to understand, or respect, for that matter. I adore all the characters around her, from her sisters to her best friends to her lovers--they are really well created--but she herself is really dislikable. Her mindset is incredibly selfish and stuck up; her mantra is "you don't know what I've experienced so get away from me and stop trying to sympathize with me.
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In Patti Callahan Henry's And Then I Found You, Katie Vaughn is the type of girl who seemingly has it all. She has a job that she adores and which allows her to make her own schedule. She has the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that set the foundation for the type of woman she would become. Her past experiences have made a profound difference in the lives of others. She has a close-knit family, her health, friends. Normally, this type of heroine would be thoroughly annoying, as everything in her life is just a bit too cute and endearingly quirky. However, it is a testament to Ms. Henry that she is anything but annoying. She may make irritating decisions, and her lack of decision-making skills may feel contrived. Yet, there is a fragility to Katie, even before a reader understands the pain and anguish over her biggest decision, that makes it easy to ignore the annoyances.

As for the big sacrifice, it really is as powerful and painful as one might imagine. The idea of placing a baby into adoption when she is wanted and loved may seem foreign, but Katie's reasons for doing so make perfect sense even as they rip out one's heart at her self-sacrifice. Ms. Henry's personal history as it pertains to Katie's decision makes its impact felt in the crystal-clear understanding a reader has of her anguish, confusion, and guilt as well as the conflicted emotions of her family.

And Then I Found You is as much a novel about love as it is about sacrifice, but it is in its analysis of self-love wherein the story truly shines. For it is not until Katie truly learns to love herself and let go of her past torments where things finally click into place for her.
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Let me preface this by saying I selected this book for very personal reasons. I am an adoptee who eventually (in my 30s) found both my birth parents, from a non-open adoption, and we now have a relationship. It wasn't a particularly dramatic reunion; or at least no more dramatic than any hi-there-I-think-you-gave-birth-to-me introduction is. And to answer the three most-asked questions: No, they're not my "real" parents and no, my life wasn't ruined by being adopted and no, I'm not mad they "gave me away" or jealous of "the kids they kept" (not together, but even then, no, I would not be).

When I read the preface that this story was inspired by real-life events in the author's family--her sister gave a child up for adoption and was later reunited with her via Facebook--I was even more intrigued.

But, in the end, while I found this a very quick read, it had a very facile take on adoption. And if I hadn't known it came from someone who had intimate knowledge of the subject I would have sworn the author was absolutely clueless about the experience. I actually liked daughter Emily, whom we barely got to know, despite an almost shameless lack of character development for her real (adopted) parents, a LOT more than biological mom Kate. I didn't hate her as much as some other reviewers but the actions in the book did seem fairly selfish. And I don't think she was selfish, at all, for giving her daughter up for adoption (as a mom myself I can't imagine the agony of that decision and, given my circumstances, I've thought about it a lot), but for just about everything else. For the most part, the drama in Kate's life is completely manufactured by Kate herself. All of her big problems and you-don't-understand-what-I-went-through woes are all either self-inflicted or invented.
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