Any Other Family by Eleanor Brown
Genre: Fiction, Family, Chick Lit
Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication: July 12th 2022 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Taken from Goodreads: The New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters returns with a striking and intimate new novel about three very different women facing an impossible question: What makes a family?
They look just like any other family. But they aren't a family like any other – not quite. Instead, they are three sets of parents who adopted four biological siblings, committing to keeping the children connected after the death of their grandmother.
Tabitha, who adopted the twins, is the planner of the group, responsible for coordinating playdates and birthdays and Sunday night dinners, insistent that everything happens just so. Quiet and steady Ginger, single mother to the eldest daughter, resists the forced togetherness, her own unsettled childhood leaving her wary of trusting too much. And Elizabeth is still reeling from going directly from failed fertility treatments into adopting a newborn, terrified that her unhappiness means she was not meant to be a mother at all.
But when the three women receive a surprising call from their children’s birth mother, announcing she is pregnant again and wants them to help her find an adoptive family for this child too, the delicate bonds they are still struggling to form threaten to collapse. As tensions rise, the women reckon with their own feelings about what it means to be a mother and what they owe each other as a family.
Set across the span of a family vacation, one full of boisterous laughter and emotional upheaval, Any Other Family is a thought-provoking and poignant look at how families shift and evolve and a striking portrait of motherhood in all its forms.
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Meet Eleanor Brown (Taken from her website): Eleanor Brown is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of three novels: Any Other Family (coming summer 2022), The Weird Sisters, and The Light of Paris.
Her writing has been hailed by People magazine as “delightful” and “creative and original” by Library Journal.
In addition to her fiction writing, Eleanor edited the anthology A Paris All Your Own. Her book reviews, interviews, and essays have been featured in publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Publishers Weekly.
Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Eleanor lives with her family in Colorado.
Photo by Joe Henson, NYC