Somebody Else’s Daughter by Elizabeth Brundage
When Nate was young, he lived as a junkie in San Francisco with his partner Cat and their small daughter Willa. When Cat’s AIDS begins to kill her in earnest, she decides they will have to give Willa up for adoption.
Fast forward to Willa’s high school years. Nate has cleaned up and misses his daughter, so he decides to teach at her school without telling anyone of his connection to her.
I expected Nate to be the narrator of the book, perhaps Willa and her parents as well. Instead, Brundage has a broad range of narrators, including Claire and her son Teddy who have recently returned to the area, Willa and her parents, and the wife of the headmaster of the school. At times this method seemed somewhat over ambitious, like the story could have been crisper if it wasn’t dealing with everyone in the community’s intensely screwed-up lives. However, by the end of the book, I realized that Brundage was bringing all the storylines into a cohesive ending that really worked.
It definitely took me awhile to get into “Somebody Else’s Daughter,” but once I did i was very pleased with the way the story was told.
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