Claire Greene's acting career is in the toilet, her family fights constantly and there's no man in sight. But then she boards a flight for Miami that turns her life into a made-for-TV movie. The elderly man sitting next to her dies. In her lap. But there's a hidden connection between them that Claire has yet to discover.
Feeling guilty because she ignored him during the flight, Claire decides to meet with the deceased's family, only to discover they're also her family. It seems her parents never mentioned that she was adopted.
Claire Voyant moves along in a series of roller-coaster plot turns, leaving Claire drained and confused. Who are her parents? Which family is her family? And is there a law against falling in love with her cousin?
While this book is witty and romantic, with sparkling dialogue and lifelike characters, Rosenberg also addresses some serious issues about adoption, family, self-identity and the devastation of family secrets. And it's gratifying that she does so without resorting to preaching. (Nov., 384 pp., $12.95)