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The Mercy Rule

by Perri KlassHoughton Mifflin



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As a doctor and a mom of two, Lucy Weiss calls herself a foster-system success story. Now she runs a clinic that caters to kids in foster care--and her dual perspective as an insider and a mother gives her a unique view. Lucy's musings on her patients and parenthood (she has an uptight middle-school daughter and a quirky young son) make this book both humorous and poignant. It reads more like a series of short stories, rather than a novel, but it's hard to put down.

"As I remember it, foster care was kind of unremarkable back then. The ladies took you in, and then their nephew got out of the army and needed a place to stay or they decided to go visit their sister in Florida, and the placement changed. And I kept wondering, How is it that everyone else has all these connections, these nephews, these sisters, these people they want to visit and be visited by? What happened to my share?"

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