The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell
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From the internationally bestselling author of After the Party comes a delightfully funny, brilliantly poignant novel about three strangers who are brought together by the father they never knew.

Lydia, Dean and Robyn don’t know one another. Yet. Each is facing difficult challenges. Lydia is still wearing the scars from her traumatic childhood. Wealthy and successful, she leads a lonely and disjointed existence. Dean is a young, unemployed, single dad whose life is going nowhere. Robyn is eighteen. Gorgeous, popular and intelligent, she entered her first year of college confident of her dream to become a pediatrician. Now she’s failing her classes. Now she’s falling in love for the first time.

Lydia, Dean and Robyn live very different lives, but each of them, independently, has always felt that something was missing. What they don’t know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down. It is a letter containing a secret—one that will bind them together and show them what love and family and friendship really mean.

“So good that I practically inhaled it,” praised the Daily Mail (London). The Making of Us is a literary gem that will remind readers of the miracles that happen when we bring life into the world and share our lives with those we love.

About Lisa Jewell

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Lisa Jewell is the bestselling author of eight previous novels, including Ralph’s Party and After the Party. She lives in London, England with her husband and two daughters. Find out more at
Published August 14, 2012 by Atria Books. 418 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Last in line is Robyn who, unlike Dean and Lydia, has two loving parents and a happy life (she’s a gorgeous med student) but is driven to the registry because she has an irrational fear that her boyfriend—soul mate really—may be her brother.

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bestseller Jewell’s ninth novel, readers meet Daniel, a man with a secret: as a sperm donor, he fathered four children.

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Though in theory the subject matter could be serious – the impact of finding out you're not who you think you are, or that you're not as unique as you might like to think, for example – the book manages to turn this around, and while it doesn't make light of the situation, it is still a light eno...

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Chick Lit Central

And to anyone who likes a bit of eye candy and romance in their books do not worry, this book delivers on that count too with some of the additional characters.

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Curious Book Fans

Their father, Daniel Blanchard was a French medical student who had his own reasons for making the donation and never intended to ever meet his children.

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Red Online

Robyn was the spoiled darling of her adoptive parents, and Dean's single parent mother was affectionate but vague and he grew into a directionless teenager with no self-esteem.

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