Somebody's Baby by Elaine Kagan
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In 1959, a gentile boy was off-limits to a young Jewish girl living in a well-to-do Kansas neighborhood. Especially a boy with tattoos, a drifter from California who had spent time in jail, who worked in a gas station, and who would fight a man for looking at him the wrong way. Jenny Jaffe knew the rules, but when she saw Will McDonald for the first time, everything she knew about right and wrong disappeared. What was left was a passionate, once-in-a-lifetime love that no social constraints could hold. Will and Jenny became inseparable, and by the end of Jenny's senior year in high school, she was pregnant. When they made a plan to run away, Jenny waited at the spot where Will was to pick her up, but he never showed.

What follows is the story of true love that spans three decades -- between man and woman, parent and child. Jenny is forced to give up her baby for adoption, and when that child, Claudia, becomes a parent herself, she begins a search for her biological parents at the risk of destroying the love of the adoptive parents who have raised her. Claudia finds more than she imagined, as she uncovers years of lies and betrayal, sacrifice and silence, and the extraordinary love of Will and Jenny, whose faith and passion survive it all.


About Elaine Kagan

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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, actor Elaine Kagan attended the University of Missouri. Her film credits include a role in the critically-acclaimed gangster film Goodfellas as well as the films Postcards from the Edge, Innocent Blood, and Beverly Hills Cop III. She has appeared on numerous television programs as well, including Chicago Hope, E.R., and Picket Fences. Her novel, The Girls, which examines the emotional aftermath of a murder, was published in 1994. Subsequent novels include Blue Heaven and Somebody's Baby.
Published April 22, 1998 by William Morrow. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She and Will plan to run away and marry, but when Will fails to appear at the appointed hour, Esther and Mose ship her off to the Stella Maris Home for Unwed Mothers in California, where Jenny is forced to give up her baby for adoption.

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In Jenny, Claudia finds a woman emotionally stunted by Will's abandonment -- one who has spent her life mourning the man she lost and yearning for the baby she gave away.

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