Brother and Sister by Joanna Trollope
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From the celebrated author of Marrying the Mistress and The Rector's Wife, a keenly observed and elegant new novel about the families we're born into, and the ones we create.

We all need to know where we come from, where we belong. But for David and Natalie, this need to know is even more urgent, since they are adopted. Brought up by the same parents, but born to two different mothers, they have grown up as brother and sister, and share a fierce loyalty.

Their decision, in their late thirties, to embark upon the journey to find their birth mothers is no straightforward matter. It affects, acutely and often painfully, their spouses and children, the people they work with, and, most poignantly, the two women who gave them up for adoption all those years ago, and who have since made other lives, even borne other children.

Exploring her subject with inimitable imagination and humanity, Joanna Trollope once again works her magic. In this rich narrative, at once gritty and graceful, she exposes the extraordinary challenges that arise at the heart of ordinary lives.
 

About Joanna Trollope

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Joanna Trollope is best known as the author of eagerly-awaited novels often centered around the domestic nuances and dilemmas of life in contemporary England. She lives in Gloucestershire.
 
Published December 11, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 322 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The prolific British author sensitively describes the confused responses as an adopted brother and sister search for their birth parents.

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The Guardian

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Everyone else has doubts: because Nathalie and David are grown-ups, with chains of dependents - spouses, children, in-laws, employees - of their own.

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As she has done adroitly in her previous novels (Marrying the Mistress , etc.), Trollope explores the unforeseen consequences of life-altering decisions, here tel

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Entertainment Weekly

Trollope's brisk novel features siblings David and Nathalie, born to different women and adopted as children by an infertile British couple.

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Suite 101

'Brother and Sister' tells the story of David and Natalie who were both adopted by Lynne and Ralph as children.

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