Motherhood. Pyromania. A husband's secret. Marilyn wasn't prepared for any of it.
For young parents Marilyn and Brad, adopting an orphan girl from Belgorod, Russia, was supposed to make their lives complete. But from the moment she arrives, 12-year-old Zhanna has one thing on her mind: setting fire to the family couch. At first Marilyn is determined to love the pyromania right out of her new daughter. But when Brad jets away on business - or so it seems - Marilyn is forced into a dark and hilarious game of cat-and-mouse with the preteen pyromaniac. Can Marilyn get through to Zhanna before she burns down the house - and before her own life goes down in flames?
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A glimpse of America in every word
The story was a fun little romp through an American family's adoption and the comical problems associated with their daughter. The writing was light and airy, and the story was eerily easy to apply to someone you know.
The various attempts the adopted child has made to destroy the family couch through various forms of pyrotechnics.
N/A. I have never listed to her before.
Yes, it is a short story that's easy to digest on a long trip and will keep you interested.
If I could fault the story in one area, it would be that it does not always stay consistent in regards to locations and times. At one point in the last half of the book, our main character is talking to various people which I assume are in various places and at different times. It's hard to follow slightly, but overall doesn't detract from the story. Just a bit difficult to follow towards the end is all.
A gripping tale!
- C. Steiner