Author: Helen Klein Ross
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings
Goodreads: Simply told but deeply affecting, in the bestselling tradition of Alice McDermott and Tom Perrotta, this urgent novel unravels the heartrending yet unsentimental tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore—and gets away with it for twenty-one years.
Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: she takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It’s a secret she manages to keep for over two decades—from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends.
When Lucy’s now-grown daughter Mia discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. She reaches out to her birth mother for a tearful reunion, and Lucy is forced to flee to China to avoid prosecution. What follows is a ripple effect that alters the lives of many and challenges our understanding of the very meaning of motherhood.
Author Helen Klein Ross, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, weaves a powerful story of upheaval and resilience told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy, Mia, Mia’s birth mother, and others intimately involved in the kidnapping. What Was Mine is a compelling tale of motherhood and loss, of grief and hope, and the life-shattering effects of a single, irrevocable moment.
Ope’s Opinion: When you read this you will have to accept the story as is because there are several things that are just not realistic. It started out very intense, but quickly got into every day mundane life. Then an unbelievable event and some more intense parts.
The story is told from a lot of different points of view. It is interesting to hear from the kidnapper as well as the mother, and many more people effected by the kidnapping.
I was back and forth between three and four chairs until the end – it was left wide open – the book felt unfinished. I don’t want to say too much more, so I don’t spoil it.