Everybody has Everything By Katrina Onstad (223)

This story tackles many different topics and Katrina has such a talent of weaving each one of them right into the heart of her story so that the reader is drawn right into the middle of the angst and drama of it all. This for me is the mark of a GREAT writer!

After a car accident leaves a friend of theirs Marcus dead and his wife Sarah in a coma, Ana and James are shocked to discover that they have become the legal guardians of their 2 ½-year-old son Finn. His crash landing in their lives throws into high relief deeply rooted, and sometimes long-hidden truths about themselves. Several chaotic, poignant and life changing weeks as a most unusual family give rise to an often unasked question: Can everyone be a parent?

Ana is a corporate lawyer whose dedication to an organized, elegant modern domesticity has grown out of a messy bohemian past. James, whose bravado and charm may not be aging so well, has been recently laid off from a high-profile media job.

Ana and James have tried to have children but it doesn’t seem likely to happen, and while they’ve discussed adoption, it is still just an idea when Finn arrives to take centre stage in their lives as 2 ½ year olds will do. Finns presence illuminates the crakes in Ana and James’s fragile urban existence.

This story is a fast, pitch-perfect read that is full of humour and emotional honesty.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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