- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Washington Square Press (1 March 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476704430
- ISBN-13: 978-1476704432
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,37,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Somewhere Out There:
"It's no secret that Amy Hatvany is a master of creating compelling, beautiful, flawed characters. This time around, Hatvany has reached new levels of aching honesty and brilliant empathy. A daring, compassionate, and deeply human story, Somewhere Out There is Hatvany at her very best. The women of this book will open your mind, break your heart, and stay with you long after you've turned the last page." (Taylor Jenkins Reid, Author of Maybe in Another Life)
"Gripping and emotionally honest." (Stephanie Evanovich New York Times bestselling author)
“Hatvany brings readers a riveting, controversial story of how impactful our childhood experiences are in defining us as adults.” (YourTango)
“Hatvany deals with topics a lot of us are too afraid to discuss. This will definitely get conversations going.” (Redbook)
“Adoption and its aftermath can be messy; Hatvany gets that right in this novel, which will delight readers who enjoy stories of love and family complications.” (Library Journal)
Praise for Safe With Me:
“SAFE WITH ME is a stirring portrait of two moms, linked by tragedy, who rescue each other in more ways than one." (Good Housekeeping)
“Hatvany does a marvelous job of not letting the plot get too maudlin or ‘ripped from the headlines,’ and her characters have warmth and depth. Readers will find themselves cheering for these women. A good pick for women’s-fiction fans, particularly those who enjoy the realistic stories of Emily Giffin and Kristina Riggle.” (Booklist on SAFE WITH ME)
"In Amy Hatvany's capable hands, richly drawn characters explore everything that is complex, difficult, powerful and poignant about being a mother, a daughter, a friend. SAFE WITH ME is an extraordinary look behind the curtain into the very private pains of women, and the hope that endures when you survive the unthinkable. It will remind you that the human spirit can triumph over all, and you will wish you could reach directly into these pages and hug the heroines." (Stacey Ballis author of Off the Menu)
"Amy Hatvany is a strong new voice in contemporary women's fiction. SAFE WITH ME is a compelling, thought-provoking novel about three women learning from each other as they navigate through a terrain filled with both tragedy and opportunity." (Kristin Hannah #1 New York Times bestselling author)
"Equally heartbreaking and heart-pounding, Amy Hatvany's SAFE WITH ME puts her in the very fine company of Jodi Picoult as an author who takes tender real-life moments and compels the reader to care until the very last page. A book that will stick with you for days." (Allison Winn Scotch New York Times bestselling author of The Time of My Life)
About the Author
Amy Hatvany is the author of nine novels, including It Happens All the Time, Somewhere Out There, and A Casual Encounter. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her family.See all Description for Somewhere Out There: A Novel
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This story is told through 3 viewpoints--Jennifer (the mother) and her daughters, Brooke and Natalie. I was actually surprised to see Jennifer as one of the narrators and I was worried that it might be too much for this book--I was far more interested in the sisters' relationship with each other than an overbearing emotional mommy plot. But, it actually worked. Most of Jennifer's narration was backstory, whereas Brooke and Natalie's stories were mostly in the present.
Both Brooke and Natalie are expertly crafted. It did take me a little while to get into Natalie's mind. At first she--and her life--just seemed a bit too perfect, especially compared to Brooke. But, as the story developed, I her character rounded out and became fully believable. I especially appreciated how Hatvany depicted Natalie and Kyle's marriage--it was happy, but not Hallmark card happy, and very realistic.
Brooke's character was probably the most complex of the book. When Jennifer surrendered her parental rights, Brooke was 4 years old--so she had actual memories of her mother. A month later, she's separated from her baby sister when Natalie is adopted but Brooke is not. From there, she bounces from foster home to foster home until she ultimately lands back in the "institution" where she stays until she turns 18. Obviously, her life was not an easy one and Hatvany is not shy about showing the reader her scars.
I don't want to go too much into the flow of the story, as I really feel that it is best that the reader just experiences it as it happens. I will say this...the tissues were needed and the ending was very satisfying.
Once again, Amy Hatvany delivers. I'm waiting for the boxed set of all her books so I can just recommend that to everyone because all of her books, including this one, are painfully beautiful and worth the read.
Jennifer Walker, a destitute single mother of four-year-old Brook and six-month-old Natalie, has tried everything in her power to care for her beloved daughters. After her arrest for petty larceny, child neglect and endangerment, resulting from a botched attempt to get food for her children while leaving them in her car, she is convinced by a well-meaning social worker to sign away her parental rights. How many times have I heard similar stories and mumbled to myself, "Throw away the key!"?
Somewhere Out There is an eye-opener for this hard-hearted Hannah because it is an intense love story between birth mother and children, adoptive parents and child and two sisters who are unbeknownst to each other for almost forty years.
Jennifer, given an early release from prison, is so obsessed with finding her daughters, that she commits another crime that results in a ten-year sentence. Her only solace comes from her belief that her daughters are together.
I cannot fathom to think what Jennifer would have done had she known that Natalie was quickly adopted by a loving family, but that Brook bounced around foster homes, spending most of her life in a state facility until she turned eighteen. Little did she nor I know that in the 1980s, placing siblings into a single home was considered to be psychologically unhealthy.
Natalie marries and has two young children. Despite her happiness, she feels that something is missing. After cajoling her adoptive mother for information, she discovers that she has a sister. Anyone expecting a book filled with Hallmark moments will be disappointed. The sisters' first meetings are tentative and awkward, not helped by Natalie's husband's wariness about his new sister-in-law.
Brook's life has been difficult. She barely scrapes together a living, and she has a secret which she is terrified of disclosing to her sister. Her relationship with Natalie proceeds in fits and starts.
Ultimately Brook and Natalie find their mother. No spoiler!
Amy Hatvany's writing is as smooth as the finest silk. Each word flows effortlessly into the next. What a remarkable talent she has! But even more remarkable to me are her characters. How beautifully she develops each one, including the ancillary players and - yes, the dogs. Jennifer, Brook and Natalie make Somewhere Out There into a believable story that touched my heart.