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Finding Miracles | [Julia Alvarez]

Finding Miracles

Milly Kaufman is an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont, until she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school. His exotic accent, strange fashion sense, and intense interest in Milly force her to confront her identity as an adopted child from Pablo's native country. As their relationship grows, Milly decides to undertake a courageous journey to her homeland and along the way discovers the story of her birth is intertwined with the story of a country recovering from a brutal history.
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Milly Kaufman is an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont, until she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school. His exotic accent, strange fashion sense, and intense interest in Milly force her to confront her identity as an adopted child from Pablo's native country. As their relationship grows, Milly decides to undertake a courageous journey to her homeland and along the way discovers the story of her birth is intertwined with the story of a country recovering from a brutal history.

Beautifully written by renowned author Julia Alvarez, Finding Miracles examines the emotional complexity of familial relationships and the miracles of everyday life.

©2004 Julia Alvarez; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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    "Finding Miracles"

    A story to capture the heart and make you want to keep driving in order to keep listening to its narration.

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    R. Lopez East Brunswick, NJ USA 11-30-04
    R. Lopez East Brunswick, NJ USA 11-30-04 Member Since 2004
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    "A good exploration of adoption feelings..."

    The book explores the feelings of an adoptive child and her family as they struggle to understand the child?s interest in searching for information about her birth parents and her birth country. The author does a superb job in exploring the problems and feelings that may take place in an adoptive family situation, including discrimination. The book does keep your interest until the end and I enjoyed it. The narration is also done very well, with a healthy sprinkling of Spanish language that accentuates the cultural differences. The ending, however, is somewhat disappointing because as a reader/listener I was left expecting some interesting major coincidence that never materialized. Also, the book centers around the problems in the girl?s birth country- a Latin American country that is never mentioned by name. As the plot evolves one realizes that it is a fictional country. The only problem is that I do not want to know it is fiction when I read fiction! It would have been much better if the author had selected a real country as the backdrop for the book. Nonetheless, I feel that the book deserves four stars for effectively dealing with realistic adoption issues.

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