What Was Mine

What Was Mine Review

Simply told but deeply affecting, in the bestselling tradition of Alice McDermott and Tom Perrotta, this urgent novel unravels the heartrending yet unsentimental tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore—and gets away with it for twenty-one years.

Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: she takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It’s a secret she manages to keep for over two decades—from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends.

When Lucy’s now-grown daughter Mia discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. She reaches out to her birth mother for a tearful reunion, and Lucy is forced to flee to China to avoid prosecution. What follows is a ripple effect that alters the lives of many and challenges our understanding of the very meaning of motherhood.

Author Helen Klein Ross, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, weaves a powerful story of upheaval and resilience told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy, Mia, Mia’s birth mother, and others intimately involved in the kidnapping. What Was Mine is a compelling tale of motherhood and loss, of grief and hope, and the life-shattering effects of a single, irrevocable moment.

Title:What Was Mine
Edition Language:English

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  • Deanna

    When I read the book description, I felt like it almost told the whole story. But honestly this book is about so much more than a kidnapping. Obviously that is a huge part of it, but it's very differ...

  • Debbie

    This book about a baby kidnapping has me all tied up in knots. First, there’s the tone throughout the whole story. I would call it almost perky. Tell me, truthfully, how do the words “perky” and...

  • Elyse Walters

    I've read books that have left me bawling - others I've laughed so hard that I was rolling on the floor. Others where I didn't like the characters at all, but thought the story was brilliant.In this *...

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    Imagine this...you turn your back on your baby left in a shopping trolley to take a phone call from your workplace, you are distracted for minutes, but you will regret those minutes for the rest of yo...

  • Dem

    4.5 StarsAs the beautiful song goes by Jamie Lawson I "Wasn't Expecting That "."Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment. She takes a baby gi...

  • Esil

    Yikes! What Was Mine is so creepy -- every parent's worst nightmare. And yet I can't quite believe how much I enjoyed reading this book -- it is so well done. On impulse, desperate for a child, Lucy k...

  • Iris P

    What Was Mine*WARNING MY REVIEW CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS*When my firstborn son was only 14 months old I allowed him to stay with his paternal grandparents for almost a month. That meant he had to travel...

  • Crumb

    Lucy Wakefield wanted a baby for as long as she could remember. She was put on this earth to be a mother. That was her dream. Lucy and her husband had gotten pregnant when they were in college togethe...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    5 well deserved stars! Absolutely loved this one! I had so many conflicted feelings while reading this novel. This was definitely a page turner and extremely hard to put down.As always I go into books...

  • sue

    Oh my. What have I just done to myself. This was so emotional.It’s a child that’s been kidnapped, I’ve read plots over and over until I need to take a break at times BUT THIS ONE, you kinda forg...