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Thursday 11/4/21

A letter to the IC:

This will amuse you. Look at this trash. Who could possibly care about this? This is what this publicist does all day. I get so many things from this guy. I'd be ashamed to be this much of a vapid whore, frankly. He sends these little emails comparing one shit book to another shit book or shit author--because that is how publishing works, since there is no one with any talent in the industry--and the descriptions make them sound so awful--in a bland way--that I actually laugh, which is why I didn't unsubscribe from this list (which I never signed up for) until today, because I also couldn't take seeing it anymore. What a thing to devote your life to. Why be alive? Why bother? Hackneyed garbage. You know what else is funny? The complete ignorance as to how the phrase "just a few" works. Or basic math.

For Fans of Jonathan Franzen Comes RJ Hoffman's Other People's Children


What makes a family? What defines love? These are just a few of the thought-provoking questions at the heart of RJ “Jeff” Hoffmann’s debut novel OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN (Simon & Schuster; Hardcover April 2021/Paperback April 2022). Three mothers facing impossible choices learn what makes a family, and discover just how far they’ll go to protect the ones they love.

Hoffmann deftly navigates the landscape of parenthood, adoption, infertility, and family in his debut novel. Gail and Jon Durbin moved to the Chicago suburbs to set up house as soon as Gail got pregnant. But then she miscarried - once, twice, three times. Determined to expand their family, the Durbins turn to adoption. When several adoptions fall through, Gail’s desire for a child overwhelms her.

Carli is a pregnant teenager from a blue-collar town nearby, with dreams of going to college and getting out of her mother’s home. When she makes the gut-wrenching decision to give her baby up for adoption, she chooses the Durbins. But Carli’s mother, Marla, has other plans for her grandbaby.

In Other People’s Children, three mothers make excruciating choices to protect their families and their dreams - choices that put them at decided odds against one another. You will root for each one of them and wonder just how far you’d go in the same situation. This riveting debut is a thoughtful exploration of love and family, and a heart-pounding tale you’ll find impossible to put down.

I would love to send you a copy of this “engrossing debut about the different ways we find our way to parenthood and to the people we are meant to be.” – Laura Dave, bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me.


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