Top critical review
on 17 September 2017
Having seen the film I was expecting to enjoy this book but I was deeply disappointed. The title refers to the mother and the child but the reality is the mothers story is dealt with amost perfuncctorily in very short chapters at the start while the son's story is described at enormous and pretty tedious length. If I wanted to know about the politics of the Carter/Reagan era I would look for a proper history book. An adopted child's feeling of beng unwanted and sinful is potentially interesting but played out at excessive length. This book reads like an extended research thesis with fictional bits inserted: no doubt accurate but dull. I gave up two thirds of the way through (67% according to my Kindle) having speed read the last ten chapters and found only one - the visit to Ireland - of any interest.