Synopses & Reviews
A taut, complex psychological thriller from the author of The Doctor's Wife
Like The Doctor's Wife - which The Boston Globe called "a compelling read"-Somebody Else's Daughter is a literary page-turner peopled with fascinating and disturbing characters. In the idyllic Berkshires, at the prestigious Pioneer School, there are dark secrets that threaten to come to light. Willa Golding, a student, has been brought up by her adoptive parents in elegant prosperity, but they have fled a mysterious and shameful past. Her biological father, a failing writer and former drug addict, needs to see the daughter he abandoned, and so he gains a teaching position at the school. A feminist sculptor initiates a reckless affair, the Pioneer students live in a world to which adults turn a blind eye, and the headmaster's wife is busy keeping her husband's current indiscretions well hidden. Building to a breathtaking collision between two fathers-biological and adoptive, past and present- Somebody Else's Daughter is both a suspenseful thriller and a probing study of richly conflicted characters in emotional turmoil.
"[A] deft balancing act of taut plot and richly drawn characters. . .Brundage is a storyteller supreme."
"Riveting...very moving and completely involving. . . Brundage is a brilliant novelist."
"Brundage has a penchant for turning topical subjects into gripping novels...Sex, drugs, violence and murder are all in the Brundage mix."
-The Washington Post
"[A] well-turned thriller. . . Brundage writes with startling clarity."
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A taut tale of suspense rounded out with sharp observations on parenting, adoption and the fraught business of keeping up appearances."
-New York Observer
A psychological thriller of secrets, dark motives, and an adoption buried in the past
At the center of Elizabeth Brundageas new novel lies an adoption under stressed and tragic circumstances. Willa, brought up in elegant prosperity, is now a student at the prestigious Pioneer School. But her biological father, a failing writer and former drug addict, canat live with himself without seeing her again.
In this idyllic Berkshires landscape, Willaas adoptive parents have fled a mysterious past; a feminist sculptor initiates a reckless affair; teenagers live in a world to which adults turn a blind eye; and the headmasteras wife is busy keeping her husbandas disastrous history and current indiscretions well hidden. The culmination of these forces is the collision of two very different fathersabiological and adoptiveaand a villain whose ends and means slowly unfold with the help, witting and unwitting, of all around him. Somebody Elseas Daughter delivers an electric, suspenseful tale of richly conflicted characters and the disturbed landscape of the American psyche.
At the center of Brundage's psychological novel lies an adoption under stressed and tragic circumstances. "Somebody Else's Daughter" delivers a suspenseful tale of richly conflicted characters and the disturbed landscape of the American psyche.
About the Author
Elizabeth Brundage is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she earned an MFA in fiction and a James Michener award. Her short fiction has been published in the Greensboro Review, Witness Magazine, and New Letters, and she contributed to the anthology Thicker Than Blood: I’ve Always Meant to Tell You, Letters to Our Mothers.