Nathalie Dexter and her significant other, Steve, are simply ecstatic to be parents. But when a routine doctor's visit reveals that daughter Polly has a small cartilaginous obstruction in her ear, Nathalie begins to wonder if such a condition is genetic, leading to her search for her birth mother.

But Nathalie doesn't want to instigate the search on her own. She seeks validation from her brother, David, who was also adopted, though he had a different mother. As the two search for their biological mothers, their respective spouses begin to feel abandoned, and their adoptive mother struggles to understand their emotion-wrought quest.

British author Trollope explores the rocky, emotion-laden journey that adoptive children face when they search for their biological parents. This captivating view of one family's innermost workings is deeply moving. (Apr., 311 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick