Other People's Children

Other People's Children

Book - 1999
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A journey into the heart of a stepfamily explores the complex dynamics of coping with present and former spouses and other people's children

Blackwell North Amer
Joanna Trollope delves fearlessly into the emotional dynamics of family life - or rather, life in that ever-expanding unit, the stepfamily. There are the mothers - like Nadine, spurned, embittered, and trying desperately to hold on to her children any way she can; Elizabeth, the would-be stepmother, who only glimpses the shoals that lie ahead; Josie, the stepmother, who sees them all too clearly every day of her married life. There are the men, like Matthew, who must live with another man's son and without his own children; and Tom, torn between his own desires and what he believes he owes his daughter. And then there are the children, all battling to find a place for themselves in this new order they haven't chosen.
With her sensitive eye and unerring ear, Trollope explores the hard-won truths and often harder-to-overcome difficulties of coping with present and former husbands and wives, and, above all, with other people's children.

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The author of The Best of Friends and A Spanish Lover journeys into the heart of a stepfamily as she explores the complex dynamics of coping with present and former spouses and other people's children. 35,000 first printing. Lit Guild & Doubleday Alt. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1999
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9789000080892
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 12, 2014

Very good, as usual with this author, although having myself been on the receiving end of similar trials, I did have an issue with the ending of this book, as it seemed to wrap up a little too easily and neatly.

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

In the mine-fields of blended families, Trollope is fearless and unsentimental as she looks at the situation from all angles—from that of the motherless adult daughter who thwarts her brother’s as well as her father’s relationships, to the terrible teens who want to protect their ineffectual, selfish mother. All through this web of human connections she keeps you involved by empathising with the characters and with the very idea of family life.

Rhonda J. Roy
Dec 22, 2010

A story of step-families; a lot about relationships broken, protected, about jealousies and discomfort, about loyalties, pettines, self-absorption, passivity; the whole range of family emotions.


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