Other People's Children

Other People's Children

eBook - 1999
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It's hard enough when your parents split up ... but what happens when other people's children enter the picture?

When a man and a woman get married, things can get complicated -- and even more so when a man and a woman who are divorced get remarried. And when there are children from previous marriages, 'complicated' can become the understatement of the century. Other People's Children concerns that expanding social unit: the stepfamily. It explores the myths, the truths, the ridiculousness, the tenderness and the difficulties of trying to simultaneously deal with present relationships, past relationships and, above all, other people's children.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1999
ISBN: 9780307366078
0307366073
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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ownedbydoxies
Dec 12, 2014

Very good, as usual with this author, although having myself been on the receiving end of similar trials, I did have an issue with the ending of this book, as it seemed to wrap up a little too easily and neatly.

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

In the mine-fields of blended families, Trollope is fearless and unsentimental as she looks at the situation from all angles—from that of the motherless adult daughter who thwarts her brother’s as well as her father’s relationships, to the terrible teens who want to protect their ineffectual, selfish mother. All through this web of human connections she keeps you involved by empathising with the characters and with the very idea of family life.

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Rhonda J. Roy
Dec 22, 2010

A story of step-families; a lot about relationships broken, protected, about jealousies and discomfort, about loyalties, pettines, self-absorption, passivity; the whole range of family emotions.

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