Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Red Thread by Ann Hood

The title of this novel refers to the Chinese belief that an invisible red thread binds those who are destined to be together—like mothers and daughters.

After the tragic loss of her infant daughter and the resulting disintegration of her marriage, Maya Lange opens The Red Thread Adoption Agency to find unwanted Chinese baby girls homes with loving parents in the United States. This absorbing novel weaves together the stories of the Chinese women forced, often against their hearts, to abandon their daughters with the stories of the couples who will eventually adopt them, letting the reader experience all of their heartbreak, fears, desires, conflicts, betrayals, ambitions, and motivations.

This novel makes a fascinating read for anyone interested in the intricacies of foreign adoption and Chinese culture and its sacrifice of baby girls.

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