The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith
Reviewed by Ron Charles
Washington Post Book World
"So many infants were abandoned in Houston in 1999 that Texas passed the nation's first 'Baby Moses' law. Almost every other state has since followed suit, allowing mothers to drop off their newborns at hospitals, police stations and fire houses without fear of prosecution. Critics warn that such laws encourage abandonment and deny children access to information about their parents, but defenders point to the hundreds of babies who have been saved from probable death in restrooms and trash bins. Andrea Smith's new novel, The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner, begins almost 50 years ago in South Carolina, but it speaks directly to this wrenching current-day debate." Read the entire Washington Post Book World review.