Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway
It's a particularly traumatic time for Maya, whose parents are separating, but even Joaquin has issues as a survivor of the foster system (he was never actually adopted). The three children's reunion serves as a catalyst for many hidden and suppressed problems to surface.
Billed as a story about the meaning of family, the novel is actually a bit more focused, looking at the emotional tie of adoption and what it means to bring in a child to the family unit without a blood tie. That idea (and the exploration of it) will likely make adoptees and adoptive families uncomfortable, but Benway touches on it with great sensitivity.
That doesn't mean that this is light reading. Particularly towards the end, this story becomes pretty traumatic reading as all sorts of heartstrings are pulled. It ends as well as one could expect, but there's a lot of pain to explore and catharsis to be endured. If you're like me, that makes this a great book. If you prefer lighter reading, I'd suggest giving this a pass.