Book synopsis(via Goodreads):
Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: she takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It’s a secret she manages to keep for over two decades—from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends.
When Lucy’s now-grown daughter Mia discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. She reaches out to her birth mother for a tearful reunion, and Lucy is forced to flee to China to avoid prosecution. What follows is a ripple effect that alters the lives of many and challenges our understanding of the very meaning of motherhood.
Author Helen Klein Ross, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, weaves a powerful story of upheaval and resilience told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy, Mia, Mia’s birth mother, and others intimately involved in the kidnapping. What Was Mine is a compelling tale of motherhood and loss, of grief and hope, and the life-shattering effects of a single, irrevocable moment.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***
This insomniac's opinion:
So many emotions. As a mother, reading about a kidnapping is hard- it's my worst nightmare, after all. I was surprised to find some degree of compassion for the kidnapper, although how much compassion vacillated greatly from chapter to chapter.
Worth staying up all night to read?
You definitely won't want to put this down after the first few chapters. It is an up all night read, for sure.