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by Hoffman, R.J.

Riveting debut novel which is told from multiple perspectives about a couple whose dream of adopting a baby is shattered when the teenage mother reclaims her child. Told from different perspectives - the couple who adopted the child, the teenage biological mother, and her own mother who agonizes over losing her grandchild - the book explores the heartbreak that happens when adoption plans go horribly awry.

The Durbins struggled with infertility for years until their dream to adopt a child is realized and a young teenage woman agrees to have the Durbins adopt her child. But the teenager's mother intervenes and shortly afterwards, the Durbins are told Carli has changed her mind and won't sign the final consent papers. This sends everyone on a brutal collision course while the novel uncovers issues of heartbreak, loss, class and trust. Told from multiple perspectives, Hoffman's portrays the hopes, fears, and dreams of each character in a riveting tale where there are no villains and the reader can fully sympathize for each character.

The novel is based upon the author's award-winning short story, "The Binder", winner of The Madison Review's 2018 Chris O'Malley Prize for Fiction. An excerpt from the novel was named a finalist for The Missouri Review's 2019 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors Prize and was published by The Baltimore Review. His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart and also recently appeared in The Sun, Harpur Palate, The Roanoke Review, Booth, and Lunch Ticket, among others.

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