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Somebody Else's Daughter

by Elizabeth Brundage Penguin



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A novel of what-lies-beneath, the story follows the lives of families in a private-school community in Massachusetts. Writing teacher Nate hides the fact that he is the birthfather of teenage Willa, one of his students. But he's not the only one in town hiding a secret from his neighbors. It's a bit of a fantasy--the plot twists include affairs, lies, and murder--but the novel has a broad perspective on adoption, since many characters take turns as narrator, including Nate, Willa, and her adoptive parents (each of whom also has a shameful secret).

"When it was all over, when everything had been signed, they walked me out. You had started to fuss and she took you inside to give you a bottle, but I didn't think you were hungry. It was another kind of hunger, and you couldn't satisfy it with milk or food, and I knew in my heart it would linger and I found myself wondering if you would eventually get used to it."

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