Somebody Else's Daughter

Author(s): Elizabeth Brundage
Original Publish Date: Aug 05, 2008
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.97 hours)
Product Number: Z100026861
Released: Aug 05, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415954935
Narrator/s: Bernadette Dunne
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Two young drifters, Nate and Cat—bottomed out on drugs and living on the margins of San Francisco—are forced by stress and circumstance to give up their infant daughter. Seventeen years later, Nate comes to the idyllic setting of the Berkshires to teach at the elite private Pioneer School—as his daughter's teacher. Willa Golding, ensconced in a magnificent country home with her parents, has never worried much about being adopted. But when the world she's always trusted becomes a foreign place, she learns that her adoptive parents have not been totally honest with her—nor with others in their privileged circle. Claire Squire is a visual artist struggling on the outskirts of her profession. It is a lucky break to get her troubled son, Teddy, a backdoor acceptance to Pioneer. But Teddy soon finds it's a precarious place well disguised by preppy ties, plaid skirts, and activities designed to look good on college applications. Somebody Else's Daughter is a collision of two very different fathers—biological and adoptive; a woman whose independence and talent have led her to dead ends in life and love; and a villain whose intentions slowly unfold with the help, witting and unwitting, of all those around him. An electric, suspenseful tale of conflicted characters and the fractured landscape of the American psyche, it scratches the surface of the Berkshire dream.

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Author(s): Elizabeth Brundage
Product Number EB00393384
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Plume
ISBN: #9781440635205

Professional reviews

"Mark Bramhall starts the story with a high level of drama as he portrays Nate Gallagher, a young man who is deeply in love with both his lover, Cat, and with heroin. The pair are driving across the country to deliver their baby daughter, Willa, to adoptive parents. Bernadette Dunne's narration takes over 17 years later as Nate, no longer a drug addict, but now a failing writer, takes a teaching job at Pioneer School, where Willa, with whom he's had no contact all these years, is a student. The result is a conflict between fathers, biological and adoptive, as well as a tangle of subplots involving the secrets and sordid pasts of a multitude of characters. Dunne expertly juggles the roles and projects a tension that helps the various subplots build to a dynamic conclusion. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"