Other People's Children by Joanna Trollope

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With The Best of Friends, American readers have taken Joanna Trollope into their hearts. That critically-acclaimed novel has climbed bestseller lists around the country and garnered raves from reviewers like Good Housekeeping who said that she "captures the poignant rituals of family attachment and detachment with delicious wryness and large doses of empathy." But with Other People's Children--a number 1 bestseller in England--she brings her work to a bold, new level, with a novel of rare seriousness and depth, about a subject that hits readers right where they live. Here, she delves fearlessly into the emotional dynamics of family life--or rather, life in that ever-expanding unit, the stepfamily. With her sensitive eye and unerring ear, she explores the hard-won truths and often harder-to-overcome difficulties of coping with present and former husbands and wives, and above all, with other people's children. And sometimes it becomes painfully clear that good intentions--and even love--are not enough. Joanna Trollope's understanding of the human condition and empathy with the frailties of her characters are unmatched. No one goes more fearlessly into the emotional and practical dynamics of family life, nor offers such bittersweet truths mixed with hopeful solutions. So moving, so provocative, and so unforgettable is the portrait she has created in Other People's Children that American readers and reviewers are sure to fall in love with Joanna Trollope all over again.

About Joanna Trollope

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Joanna Trollope is a member of the same family as Anthony Trollope and a #1 bestselling author in England. Her novels include Marrying the Mistress and The Best of Friends, as well as The Choir and The Rector's Wife, which were both adapted for Masterpiece Theatre. She lives in England.
Published January 1, 1998 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Lon. 294 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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From acclaimed Britisher Trollope (The Best of Friends, 1998, etc.), a bittersweet tale of the painfully divided affections created whenever a stepfamily is formed.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Other People's Children

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A skilled artisan of nuance and insight reveals a vigorous new edge as she explores the painful and contentious arena of stepfamilies. Here Trollope focuses on three women and two men who wrestle with

Mar 29 1999 | Read Full Review of Other People's Children

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""Has it ever struck you that stepchildren can be quite as cruel as stepmothers are supposed to be?"" Josie asks her sister-in-law, who later observes, ""Everyone seems to expect so much of women it nearly drove you mad."" Things seem at first to be a lot easier for Josie's ex-husband, Tom, an ar...

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Will is a loner and happy to be so but even he cannot fail to be touched and affected when weird kid, Marcus enters his life.

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