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The English American by Alison Larkin
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Apr 17, 2010

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bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, read-in-2010
Read from April 17 to May 01, 2010

I liked the premise of this book, but overall I was a little disappointed. The basic story is that the main character was born from an American birth mom and adopted by a British family as an infant. Then as a young adult/20-something she meets her birth mom who turns out to be from the American South. As an American myself who spent a semester abroad in England in college and who has always been a bit of an Anglophile, I usually enjoy the contrast of American vs British society/mannerisms, etc. But this turned out to be a little too much repetition of "In England we do things this way, why do Americans do it that way?" "In America they call it a purse, but in England we call it a handbag" etc etc. The storyline was vaguely amusing but didn't really draw me in that much. Overall it was a light, easy read that covered complicated issues like identity, adoption, and nature vs nurture while trying to make you laugh at the same time.

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