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Book Review: The Birth Mother by Seymour Ubell

Book Title:  The Birth Mother by Seymour Ubell
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  338 pages
Genre:  Literary Fiction
Publisher:  Archway
Release date:  Sep 17, 2019

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Book Review

The Birth Mother has multiple stories interwoven with one another, intersecting once in a while, but leaving a huge impact when they do.

From the adoption of a pair of twins in China by an American couple to the contrasting life of a Chinese couple, and much more, there are many instances of the disparities of the way of life between those from different countries or financial status, etc. However, the similarity of emotions is the common thread that binds all.
But certain emotions and relationships are too black or white (more often than not 'white'). It is the shades of grey which are missing (and I mean it, strictly in the sense of its dictionary meaning). This extreme good and bad, at times, leads to a feeling that only part of the story is being revealed; the depth is missing.

The change of narrative voice from the author to that of Daryl Landsman, one of the central characters in the book, breaks the trance that a reader needs to truly be immersed in the story. Additionally, there is the uncertainty of 'is this a true story or is it not?', that does whisper in your ear off and on, as you read, but the author has created a world that reads as true. And this tussle of who is going to tell the next part, although disconcerting, actually adds to the feeling of reading a story based on true events.

The Birth Mother makes for an interesting read that makes you think.

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