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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  11 reviews
With a large dose of humor and warmth, ORFAN lets the reader in on the loss, grief, trauma, and isolation that children experience when the foundation of a loving parent is pulled out from under them, and they are placed in homes where they are not loved or appreciated, or even safe. While ORFAN has a fantastical side that allows us to reach in and enjoy the story of JD, i ...more
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Published (first published December 1st 2010)
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From the opening pages of "Orfan", it is very obvious Skolnick has spent a great deal of time listening to parents who have lost children to adoption and people who were adopted. The opening pages of the book are one of the clearest distillations of the experience of mothers from the Baby Scoop Era I have read. Indeed, this is one of the few adoption-related fiction books that "gets it," and the treats the natural family, the adoptive parents, and most importantly, the adoptee with dignity (i.e. ...more
Stacey Moore
More than just a good story, this page turner is an incredible journey that really tested and healed my resilience. From start to finish I was compelled to read on. I could not wait to know how our main character's life was going to turn out. I was on a roll and I really wanted more. When it was over, it felt like that minute after you've already opened every gift under the Christmas tree and you realize that there are no more, I missed the characters instantly when the book was over. I enjoyed ...more
Shelly Hickman
I'm not sure where to begin. I finished this book last night and it had me in tears more than once. Sorrowful tears, but also joyous tears. JD is a person who has endured one loss after another throughout his life, but still manages to maintain kindness, even for those who have done him wrong, like his grandmother. Maybe you have even met a person such as this, someone who has endured more tragedy than we can even fathom, and yet they not only survive, but inspire us by their grace. This is JD.

Ted Guevara
Corie Skolnick’s Orfan is as delightful to read as it is a literary feat. To have that balance in a book is rare in so that it blankets and beckons the general public. Everybody would want to experience this book. It was a treat for me due to its abundance of knowledge, its intricate weaving in the plot, always setting the reader to get the full effect of an upcoming scene, and mostly, Orfan smoothly encourages one to have an imaginary friend or idol, saying mindfully it’s okay and natural for a ...more
Laura Dennis
Adult Adoptee’s Review of a Magical Adoption Fable

Corie Skolnick’s sweet, sorrowful coming-of-age story of Jimmy Deane (JD for short), a mixed ethnicity infant adoptee born in Illinois the late 1960s, wove its way into my heart. Then it left a lasting, hopeful impression.

Shifting ably through different points-of-view, we see that while his Southern white adoptive parents have every intention of giving him unconditional love for the rest of JD’s life; well of course that’s not the way it turns ou
Lori Holden
If you're like me, all you have to do is read the first three pages of "Orfan" and you'll be hooked. The first scene, a labor & delivery room in a hospital in 1969, grabbed me in a way few novels do.

JD, the title character, has a lot of strikes against him. But for each loss he endures as he grows up, he also encounters kindness and love in surprising places. I loved the history of music woven into this book, as well as the insights about the human condition and psychological resilience. Cor
This was one of those books I couldn't put down, but for the same reason you can't look away from a train wreck. How many bad things can happen to one person?! The end was predictable and the language got progressively worse. That said... I would still recommend it.
Story about an orphan, his background and what he goes through and how it molds him. Story is well written and gives a thorough insight to children born of two races during the sixties.
This was a book that I considered to be a "good read". It's one that just takes you away from the first page and leaves you wanting more. I can't wait to read more of Corie's work.
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