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Rothman skillfully weaves the knowledge of an academic with the passion of an adoptive parent in this marvellous book. This book is wise, personal, well researched, and often hilarious. Unlike many stories of adoptive parents, its never sappy. It sheds new light on the complicated questions of race and adoption; how white parents and black children fare with each other. Any one interested in adoption and contemporary race politics should read this.
To be honest, I'm not sure who this is for. I am roughly half-way through the book and I need to put it down.
Perhaps I missed the point of this book. My wife and I are considering transracial adoption and have no preference as to the child's race. However, on further review we want to make sure that we can provide a home that an African-America child can grow up, thrive and succeed in.
I was hoping that this book would answer some of these questions, maybe even offer suggestions. Don't get me wrong, they might be in there, I guess I'll never know. To get to anything of use, be prepared to slog through anecdotes and observations from every single one of her interests/hobbies. You'll get some genetics and economics, followed by blurbs describing African American people from the 18th century and their relationships to their benefactors (I have no idea why these were included because at the end of a disjointed narrative she just posts a question like "Hmmm, I wonder how the benefactor felt about that person"). The problem is, that most of these tangents are at best mildly interesting and not at all instructive.
So long story short, if you are looking for a rambling exploration of all of the various factors that may or may not have shaped transracial adoption through the centuries, this might be for you.
If you are like myself and want a book that gets right to the point of what are the major issues that you will encounter in transracial adoption and some strategies to deal with those issues, keep looking. This book is not for you. Or maybe all of that info is crammed into the last half of the book :/