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FCCNY Readers Guild: Inconvenient Daughter, by Lauren J. Sharkey

  • 10/16/2020
  • 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
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invites you to join our next virtual gathering!


                      by Lauren J. Sharkey

Please Note:


Friday, October 16,  7:30 pm EDT

We are pleased to announce that the author, Lauren J. Sharkey,

will join us to discuss her debut novel and the intersection

of her life and work, and to take our questions.

WHERE: Register at by Monday, October 12th to receive a Zoom link and password to the conversation. If you have already registered for the previous date, there is no need to register again (you will receive the link for the new meeting date).

Participation is free, but registration is required. Due to mature subject matter, registration is limited to members 18 and older.

The books we read include, but are not limited to books with direct adoption themes. At our last meeting, we had a thought-provoking discussion around race while talking about the book When I Was White, a memoir by Sarah Valentine. Thanks to all who attended for the thought-provoking discussion!

 his next book is a debut novel by a Korean adoptee about a Korean adoptee’s challenging journey of self-discovery. (See more details in the write-up from Amazon, below.)

We look forward to meeting you and talking on Zoom soon!

Mary Child and Diane Gnagnarelli




Rowan Kelly knows she's lucky. After all, if she hadn't been adopted, she could have spent her days in a rice paddy, or a windowless warehouse assembling iPhones they make iPhones in Korea, right? Either way, slowly dying of boredom on Long Island is surely better than the alternative. But as she matures, she realizes that she'll never know if she has her mother's eyes, or if she'd be in America at all had her adoptive parents been able to conceive.

     Rowan sets out to prove that she can be someone's first choice. After running away from home and her parents' rules and ending up beaten, barefoot, and topless on a Pennsylvania street courtesy of Bad Boy Number One, Rowan attaches herself to Never-Going-to-Commit. When that doesn't work out, she fully abandons self-respect and begins browsing Craigslist personals. But as Rowan dives deeper into the world of casual encounters with strangers, she discovers what she's really looking for.

     With a fresh voice and a quick wit, Lauren J. Sharkey dispels the myths surrounding transracial adoption, the ties that bind, and what it means to belong.

A vibrant and provocative debut novel that dispels myths surrounding transracial adoption.

"A transracial Korean adoptee works through identity questions and the aftereffects of abuse in search of self-acceptance."       -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"In Sharkey's stirring...debut, a transracial adoptee of Korean descent endures a crisis of identity...Sharkey achieves a moving account of Rowan's difficult reckoning with her identity. This is an adept portrayal of the long shadow of abuse and the difficulty of being an adoptee."       -Publishers Weekly

"This debut novel vividly details the awkwardness of high school and heartbreak of rejection. Rowan's first-person narrative voice provides sharp, devastating emotional insight."       -Kirkus Reviews


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