My So-Called Family by Courtney Sheinmel

November 18, 2008 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment

scfMost people define a family as a unit consisting of a mother, father, and children. But what about a single parent? Or two parents of the same sex? Or, in the case of Leah Hoffman-Ross, a mother, a stepfather, a half brother, and a donor father. Thirteen years ago her unmarried mother had gone to a sperm bank and had selected donor 730. In her old house, she had fended off inquiries on the whereabouts of her “dad” by telling everyone that he was living somewhere in Europe. But she now moved to a new home and thought she was off the hook because there is a step dad. However, the mystery-surrounding donor 730 was never far from her consciousness. There came a day when she found a web site that listed the siblings from donor 730. Her mom and step dad wanted nothing to do with these unknown siblings, but Leah made it her mission to meet them. This is a simply told story of a normal, curious girl who needed to find where she belonged and who was her family. Recommended. Lillian Hecker (Pelham)

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