• The Third Man

  • This Can't Be Happening Collection
  • By: Mani Sheriar
  • Narrated by: Mani Sheriar
  • Length: 56 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (398 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What would happen if your baby’s birth father stood for everything you despised and feared? In this profound and heartrending story, an adoptive mother is forced to discover the answer.

After years of infertility, Mani and her husband, David, decided to adopt. When they matched with a teen mother, they were overjoyed, until the likely birth father contested. Frank was a violent white supremacist who had no intention of relinquishing parental rights. With tenuous hope and consuming dread, Mani now had to go head-to-head with a hateful stranger. And she was totally unprepared for where it would lead.

Mani Sheriar’s The Third Man is part of This Can’t Be Happening, a collection of four true stories about making the best of a worst-case scenario curated by Kevin Allison, creator of the hit true storytelling podcast RISK! Outrageous, alarming, triumphant, and sometimes embarrassing, these fearless confessionals can be read, or listened to, in one what-on-earth-would-I-do? sitting.

©2018 Mani Sheriar (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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An adoption story best for youthful audiences.

For a very specific target audience this is a sweet little story. If I were a young women struggling with fertility issues or in a family who chooses adoption this would be a good library suggestion.
However, for anyone else, it is syrupy sweet to the point of needing insulin to balance the over-the-top depiction of such a picture perfect revelation of acceptance & love.

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Poignant

"This can't be happening" is spot on for this book, the most of the four books I've read on this series. It is the author's.nightmare tale of an adoption. I have been through this scenario as the attorney and can testify that all the apprehensions are true. I've also served as a guardian ad litem for children in the system, which can be gut-wrenching. The author's perspective makes the story. Her ability to display compassion in a tough situation is inspirational. The Third Man brings her compassion to the forefront.

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A wonderful lesson in humanity & unconditional love

This was an excellent short story that will change the way you look at life in just an hour.

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Too many superlatives!

Everything is the most! This person never has normal or average experiences. Story takes too long without much actually happening

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You almost had me

This was going to be a great story, until the author said earlier THREE YEAR OLD started asking questions about his adoption, birth mother and father and how the adopted him! A THREE YEAR OLD‼️

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Wait - WHO’S your daddy?!?!

Maybe this family wouldn’t have had such a “beautiful experience” with a neo-Nazi drug-dealing violent felon skinhead if they hadn’t been Caucasian themselves. I noticed the author glossed over the point of a 31 year-old raping the 17 year old mother of their child, keeping her pacified/incapacitated with drugs. Ahh, what money and white privilege can buy ...

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When You Least Expect It

This excellent story reminded me that love and beautiful moments can show up at any time, from people or circumstances you never thought would yield positivity, and those moments can ultimately change your life.

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The third man

this story was pretty nice. it was about a couple who wanted a second child and all the things that they were willing to go through to make it happen.

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Touching

This is an odd, sweet, touching, very real story. Quite impressed by all the people in the story.

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Beautiful and heartwarming story

Mani told this story with so much heart and truth. She made me laugh and made me cry and made me want to read more of her stories.

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  • Rebecca
  • 01-20-22

beautiful short story

really well written and narrated could really feel the emotions of the character. was a nice short story