Mother Country

Mother Country

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  • CD-Audio
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Audio Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0753116537
  • 9780753116531

Review Text

The concept of adoption and the subsequent search for a birth mother is a popular subject for fiction writers, perhaps because it allows the reader the fantasy of casting off reality in search of a new and more exciting identity. Not all writers do it well, but in this novel Libby Purves proves beyond doubt her ability as a story-teller. This is not a simple story of abandonment at birth. Alex is 'kidnapped' from his English birth mother by his American father and taken to the mid-west where he is raised. Tragically, he is just two years old when his father is killed and his grandparents take over the responsibility of bringing him up. From them he learns that his mother and father were both students at Cambridge; that his mother became heavily involved in drugs and died soon after his birth; and that his father rescued him from a childhood of neglect. For Alex this is enough, until a business trip takes him back to the place of his birth. Here he finds himself involved with the problems of a client who has a strong interest in genealogy. Grateful for the kindness that Alex has shown her, Doreen offers to research his family tree and unearths the shocking truth about his past. This is a beautifully written story; the language is evocative and the story rich in description and emotion. Purves's talent and experience allow her to take a clever new look at a popular and sometimes worn-out story line and develop it into an original, moving story. One small criticism is that the conclusion seems weak, almost as if the author had run out of steam, but perhaps this is simply because the rest of the story is so magnificently staged and written. (Kirkus UK)show more