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From Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
In the tradition of such memorable Discover picks as The Kite Runner and Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Sachs' heartfelt debut lifts the veil from a complex foreign culture, and confronts challenging questions about life choices and their consequences.
Shelley Marino runs a small family business with her husband, Martin, who has two sons from a previous marriage. Shelley and Martin have tried to conceive a child for years and have begun, albeit reluctantly, to consider adoption. When an adoption agency locates a two-year-old Vietnamese boy, Shelley is elated -- but Martin, a Vietnam veteran, is less enthusiastic. Desperate to have a child of her own, Shelley befriends Mai, the owner of a local Asian grocery, who eventually agrees to accompany Shelley to Vietnam and help her claim the little boy.
As Shelley reaches for the love she believes will make her whole, we learn that Mai is suffering, too. For years, she has held onto a secret, painful memory that caused her to flee her country at a young age. The trip to Vietnam represents an opportunity not only for Shelley but for Mai as well, if she will take it. Together, they search the past so they can move forward, into the future, with confidence. (Summer 2007 Selection)