Somebody s Baby A Novel In a gentile boy was off limits to a young Jewish girl living in a well to do Kansas neighborhood Especially a boy with tattoos a drifter from California who had spent time in jail who worked

  • Title: Somebody's Baby: A Novel
  • Author: Elaine Kagan
  • ISBN: 9780688157456
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1959, a gentile boy was off limits to a young Jewish girl living in a well to do Kansas neighborhood Especially a boy with tattoos, a drifter from California who had spent time in jail, who worked in a gas station, and who would fight a man for looking at him the wrong way Jenny Jaffe knew the rules, but when she saw Will McDonald for the first time, everything she knIn 1959, a gentile boy was off limits to a young Jewish girl living in a well to do Kansas neighborhood Especially a boy with tattoos, a drifter from California who had spent time in jail, who worked in a gas station, and who would fight a man for looking at him the wrong way Jenny Jaffe knew the rules, but when she saw Will McDonald for the first time, everything she knew about right and wrong disappeared What was left was a passionate, once in a lifetime love that no social constraints could hold Will and Jenny became inseparable, and by the end of Jenny s senior year in high school, she was pregnant When they made a plan to run away, Jenny waited at the spot where Will was to pick her up, but he never showed.What follows is the story of true love that spans three decades between man and woman, parent and child Jenny is forced to give up her baby for adoption, and when that child, Claudia, becomes a parent herself, she begins a search for her biological parents at the risk of destroying the love of the adoptive parents who have raised her Claudia finds than she imagined, as she uncovers years of lies and betrayal, sacrifice and silence, and the extraordinary love of Will and Jenny, whose faith and passion survive it all.

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    1. Have you ever come across a book that you find in a school/library sale, sitting innocently amid many others of its genre, whispering to you to purchase it? You grab the novel up, read the back, ponder for a moment, and then slide it into the huge stack you`re trying to balance. It is truly amazing what that fifty cent book can be when you finally open its pages. Do not ever judge a book by the price being asked for it. The book we`re chatting about today has been a double blessing for me. I`ll [...]

    2. This wonderful book was such a terrific way to spend a couple of days. I couldn't put it down. The story of star-crossed lovers, Jenny and Will, is heartbreaking in its sadness, but ultimately it soars with hope and love.Forced apart when Jenny gets pregnant at 17, they go their separate ways, until their daughter Claudia, who was adopted into a wonderful family, finds them 35 years later. It's such a simple story, and yet it is written so poignantly, I was sympathetic with every single characte [...]

    3. Good Jewish girl meets bad Gentile boy, the latter complete with tattoos and a criminal record. We’ve read it all before, right? Wrong, not like this. Never anything like this. Somebody’s Baby kept me up until three in the morning and stayed with me for days afterwards. An intense, powerful story that transported me somewhere else. Loved it.

    4. I Loved this book because its about a young girl in love with a boy she isnt supposed to be with, and how one small choice or conversation can change the course of your life. We all wonder "What If?" and this book explores alot of that.

    5. Read this once a LONG time ago. I have it sitting in my home library, so I think I may re-read someday. I remember liking it, but that's all I remember :)

    6. This was a great book! Definitely a page turner that you didn't know how was going to end. The only thing I hoped for was a little more at in the last couple of pages. It seemed like the author took the time throughout the book with details, but rushed the ending.

    7. Picture this (I’m channeling my inner Sophia Petrillo from The Golden Girls here):The year was 1959. Her name was Jenny Jaffe. She lived in a wealthy Jewish neighborhood in Kansas City where gentile boys were off limits. Especially a boy who has tattoos, was a mostly penniless drifter from California, had spent time in jail, and who would get in a fight with another man for looking at her the wrong way. But, the heart wants what the heart wants, right? Right. Before she even really knew what w [...]

    8. "Somebody's Baby" by Elaine Kagan takes you back in time. Back to your grandmother's time. Back to a time when unwed young women were all but forced to place their babies up for adoption. Jenny and Will have a young, wild love. He is the standard bad boy. She is the rich good girl. When Jenny ends up pregnant, they make plans to get married. As was common in the 1950's, her parents step in and force their will and plans on her. This book follows the effects that adoption has on the child, the ad [...]

    9. This was a very engaging read, a satisfying love story where everything turned out all right in the end. My only problem with it was the sometimes laborious part near the middle when Claudia was trying to make up her mind about whether to contact her birth mother. It was too drawn out and some parts offered nothing intrinsic to the story. Otherwise, a great read that I looked forward to picking up.

    10. Good Jewish girl meets bad Gentile boy, the latter complete with tattoos and a criminal record. We’ve read it all before, right? Wrong, not like this. Never anything like this. Somebody’s Baby kept me up until three in the morning and stayed with me for days afterwards. An intense, powerful story that transported me somewhere else.

    11. I really like this book. I couldn't put it down. I do have to say I was a little disappointed in the ending. I would hope there is going to be a part 2 as I was dying to see how the 2 interacted after all those years apart.

    12. I originally picked this up because my mother grew up in Kansas City a slight bit before the novel occurs. But there's something about Kagan's writing that made me want to read more of her fiction. Although I didn't think I'd be happy with the resolution of the story, it turns out that I did!

    13. I read the Reader's Digest version so it was edited and condensed. So good though. Definitely heartbreaking, but worth the read.

    14. In a pile of used books I picked up. an okay read, not my genre. I need to learn to let books go without reading them if they do not quickly catch my interest.

    15. Pienso que al final leí una historia muy típica, "la Búsqueda de Claudia" se pudo desarrollar mejor los temas pero aun así se disfruta mucho la lectura.

    16. Wow, I loved this book unexpectedly because I picked it up at a garage sale long ago and it's just been sitting on my bookshelf. The love story is unbelievably poignant and beautiful--a must-read!

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