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The English American is one of my all time favorite books. To find out that this award-winning recording has been released with an interview with the author AND the DNA song, which I heard Larkin perform live was a thrill.
Instead of the usual two-dimensional adoptee this novel has an authentic adopted heroine at it's center. Pippa is charming, British, flawed, human, idealistic, talented, untidy, unpredictable and the sort of character you fall in love with. She's a heroine who makes you laugh one minute and cry the next. And the narration! All I can say is WOW! Alison Larkin is a narrator at the very top of her game and in addition to writing a compelling story that makes you laugh one minute and cry the next, her observations about the differences between England and America are hilarious and true. I have spent a lot of time in both countries and I just love the whole thing!
Paul Ruben's interview with Alison Larkin is thoughtful and fascinating. Alison Larkin herself was adopted and the novel is autobiographical. This is very special. I love it.