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Touching, Funny and Apparently Re-Edited
on 8 August 2014
An extraordinary year in the life of one 50-year-old woman, told in diary form. This is a wry, touching and sometimes laugh out loud story of an “ordinary” family navigating the process of fostering a child that looks at the big events as well as the tiny that take place in all of our lives over the course of a year. By breaking it down into such small parts (days) the author is able to convey the ordinariness of it and the way that, in real life, big things happen in such small increments that you’re hardly aware of how big they are until you look back.
This is, in many ways, a very intimate book and by the end I felt as if I knew the author, her husband, kids and the entire foster system myself. As a great admirer of those who foster children, I was inspired by her story, by the perseverance she showed and by the sacrifices the family made, all with (relatively) good humor. And impressed that she was able to come out of it all with her ability to laugh at herself intact. Maslin’s self-deprecation and dry humor are, to me, very reminiscent of Anna Quindlen’s.
I almost didn't download the book because of some of the comments made by other reviewers about editing and formatting. I guess this is a new edition because there were literally no typos or editing issues in my copy…and I’m a stickler for that sort of thing. This is a touching, funny and ultimately inspiring story and I highly recommend it.