Told with the storytelling power and emotional fidelity of Wally Lamb, this is a searing drama of a modern American family on the brink of dissolution, one that explores adoption, gay marriage, and love lost and found.
For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel’s twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed.
In dealing with their families and the need to make a decision about who will raise the deceased couple’s two children, both Matthew and Daniel are confronted with challenges that strike at the very heart of their relationship. What is Matthew’s place in an extended family that does not completely accept him or the commitment he and Daniel have made? How do Daniel’s questions about his identity as a Jewish man affect his life as a gay American? Tensions only intensify when they learn that the deceased parents wanted Matthew and Daniel to adopt the children, six-year-old Gal, and baby Noam.
The impact this instant new family has on Matthew, Daniel, and their relationship is subtle and heartbreaking, yet not without glimmers of hope. They must learn to reinvent and redefine their bond in profound, sometimes painful ways. What kind of parents can these two men really be? How does a family become strong enough to stay together and endure? And are there limits to honesty or commitment - or love?
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great story with very irritating narration
One of my favorite books of the year. Another reviewer said that the book tried to do too much. Perhaps that true. It did cover a lot of issues. But it did it well! I found the story moving, interesting and it felt super real to me. I loved the well developed characters: both adults and children. I cared about all of them and I wanted to read it until late hours of the night. These well developed characters all showed vulnerability and felt very real to me. I loved how this story touched on the complexities of loss, family, home, love, relationships and even the politics of Israel. Unfortunately, for me, the narration was very difficult to get past.
This narrator was inconsistent and distracting. He sounded like he was narrating a preview for a grade B horror flick one moment and then the next moment like he was narrating Gone with the Wind. He spoke in a hushed tone a lot, which I just didn't get. The voices and accents he gave the characters were inconsistent and inappropriate. For example: Daniel, the main character, grew up in a upper crust suburb of New York. He was highly educated. The narrator seemed so impressed with himself that he could do a New York accent and needed to show us that. I grew up in New York and it seemed to me that the one he gave Daniel was more typical of an old Brooklyn cab driver than one of a brilliant writer, musician who went to Oberlin College in Ohio. His partner Matt, grew up in Illinois. He also was given a New York accent (at times anyway). He slips into a southern drawl occasionally also. The over performing is extremely distracting and confusing. I just wanted to say to the narrator "JUST READ THE STORY". I did love the voice he gave the little girl in the story...got to give him that!