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The Red Thread by Ann Hood
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Nov 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: asia, fall-2011, china, rhode-island
Read from November 06 to 10, 2011

There is a Chinese belief that when a child is born, a silken red thread of destiny connects the child's soul to all the people who will be important in that child's life. This book tells the stories of a group of American families who have contacted the Red Thread Adoption Agency that arranges for adoptions of Chinese babies. These couples have been through the ups and downs of miscarriages and fertility treatments. Maya, the head of the adoption agency, had a tragedy in her past and also longs to have a child in her arms.

The other stories are about the Chinese mothers who have been forced to give up their daughters. In China, a daughter leaves her family forever and moves to help her in-laws. But a son is obliged to provide for his parents. Many baby girls are abandoned or killed since Chinese couples are only allowed to have one child in most cases. (Sometimes they can have a second child if the first child is a girl.)

Ann Hood wrote this book with enormous sensitivity since she also traveled to China to adopt a daughter. I felt so many emotions as I was reading--joy for the families that were adopting, sorrow for the Chinese parents who were giving up their daughters, and trepitation since some of the American couples seemed to have very troubled marriages.


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