Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Nothing is as it seems...

Or so we come to learn in the new novel "Somebody Else's Daughter" by Elizabeth Brundage. The wealthy good father who donates alot of money to the synagogue and his daughter's school is really making his money from the porn industry....The dedicated headmaster of the private school who has had great success at turning the school around has a secret side that drives him to young girls...the drug addict who gives up his child with a woman who dies of AIDS and becomes a teacher that inspires young people.

All of them are flawed and very real.

In our conversation Elizabeth said, "Nate becomes the unlikely hero in the novel and I loved that. I wanted to really show how you are not necessarily doomed by the mistakes you make early on in life. You can make changes and improve and climb out of a situation and find redemption."

More about "Somebody Else's Daughter":

In the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts a group of families is connected through the prestigious Pioneer prep school. Into this community enters Nate Gallagher, a teacher and struggling writer haunted by the daughter he gave up for adoption years ago. The girl, Willa—now a teenager and one of Nate's students—lives with her adoptive parents, Joe and Candace, who have nurtured her with their affection and prosperity. When Willa wins a community service internship and begins working at a local women's shelter, her friendship with a troubled prostitute raises questions about her own biological past. Despite her parent's love and care, Willa can't shake her feelings of confusion and abandonment, and Joe and Candace are too preoccupied with their crumbling marriage to realize her unhappiness.

Tune in for my conversation with Elizabeth this week on Realgoodwords.

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