Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Review: Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany

We were given the opportunity to read Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany.  Read below to find out what this book is about and to see what the Vise Library thought about it!

About the book:

What happens when two sisters who were torn apart when their young mother abandoned them—and grew up in tragically different circumstances—reunite thirty-five years later to find her? For readers who love Jodi Picoult, acclaimed author Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.

Natalie Clark knew never to ask her sensitive adoptive mother questions about her past. She doesn’t even know her birth mother’s name—only that the young woman signed parental rights over to the state when Natalie was a baby. Now Natalie’s own daughter must complete a family tree project for school, and Natalie is determined to unearth the truth about her roots.

Brooke Walker doesn’t have a family. At least, that’s what she tells herself after being separated from her mother and her little sister at age four. Having grown up in a state facility and countless foster homes, Brooke survives the only way she knows how, by relying on herself. So when she discovers she’s pregnant, Brooke faces a heart-wrenching decision: give up her baby or raise the child completely on her own. Scared and confused, she feels lost until a surprise encounter gives her hope for the future.

How do our early experiences—the subtle and the traumatic—define us as adults? How do we build relationships when we’ve been deprived of real connection? Critically acclaimed author Amy Hatvany considers controversial and complicated questions about childhood through the lens of her finely crafted characters in this astute novel about mending wounds by diving into the truth of what first tore us apart.
Hatvany's story brings us the unique voices of three women that are all connected.  The present voices are of Brooke and Natalie (sisters) and we get a glimpse into the past with Jennifer (their mother).  This isn't just a story about a mother leaving her children, it is a lot more than that.  Jennifer had to make a terrible sacrifice for her children.  Brooke had a rough go by growing up in foster care.  Now that is is pregnant with her own child, she continues to struggle with her past.  She also has to make the decision of what is ultimately the best for her child.  Natalie was adopted and grew up in a loving family.  She has to look more into her past when her own children have questions due to a school project.  Natalie decides to look into her mother and her sister, Brooke.  

This is a depiction of love and loss.  It also shows that sometimes we can appear to have everything, but there can always be something greater missing in our lives, like in the case of Natalie.  This book is very emotional.  Jennifer thought she was doing the best thing for her girls but did not realize that they would be separated from each other.  Even though there is sadness, there is also a lot of hope to go along with it.  Such an amazing look into family and how important it is to cherish it!

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About the author:

Amy Hatvany graduated with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs - some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist. 

In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car, quit her job, and take a chance on her passion: writing books. Her background in sociology inspires and informs much of her writing as she tackles timely and controversial issues in her novels including mental illness, domestic abuse, and alcoholism. She is the author of BEST KEPT SECRET, OUTSIDE THE LINES (a Target book club pick in 2012 and a Costco Pennie's Pick in 2013), THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS, HEART LIKE MINE, SAFE WITH ME (a Good Housekeeping pick), and SOMEWHERE OUT THERE (a Target Recommended Read).

Amy lives in Seattle with her husband and children. You can learn more at www.amyhatvany.com.
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