The Unfinished Child

The Unfinished Child

Book - 2013
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When Marie MacPherson, a mother of two, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at 39, she feels guilty. Her best friend, Elizabeth, has never been able to conceive, despite years of fertility treatments. Marie's dilemma is further complicated when she becomes convinced something is wrong with her baby. She then enters the world of genetic testing and is entirely unprepared for the decision that lies ahead. Intertwined throughout the novel is the story of Margaret, who gave birth to a daughter with Down syndrome in 1947, when such infants were defined as "unfinished" children. As the novel shifts back and forth through the decades, the lives of the three women converge, and the story speeds to an unexpected conclusion.
Publisher: Victoria, BC : Brindle & Glass Pub., c2013
ISBN: 9781927366028
Branch Call Number: F SHE NVD
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 22 cm


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May 02, 2019

I enjoyed this book and am grateful for the changes to the de- institutionalization of Down's Syndrome children. The past stigmas of having a child born with Down's must have been heart breaking for parents let alone the child themselves being condemned to an institution for life where they wouldn't be able to grow and be happy. The deplorable conditions they existed in back in the 40's and 50's was inhumane and unforgivable. This book brings out the compassion in your heart to make the world a better place for all and I would highly recommend it.

Oct 25, 2018

Theresa Shea was at our book club meeting yesterday. She told us about researching for the book and described the writing process - and this was absolutely amazing story to listen to. It took her 13 years to complete the book.

I loved the book. It's well written, with well developed literary characters; with lively and intricate dialogues; with questions and dilemmas we all can relate to and feel deeply about. On a deeper level, the book delves into advances of medical technology which confront all of us with new moral and ethical challenges.

It is a very readable, engaging and memorable book. You will not be able to put it down, you will laugh and shed tears, and you will be thinking about it for a long time.

racing14 May 11, 2016

Awesome Book! The author did a great job of researching the topic of this book. Great perspective from two points of view at different times in history.
If you enjoyed The Memory Keeper's Daughter By Edwards, Kim you should definitely read this. The decisions all the women had to make were heart wrenching.
This would make an excellent book club selection.

CatherineG_1 May 09, 2016

Theresa Shea's first novel centers around motherhood. She also gives an in depth look into the early "care" of children with Down's Syndrome, specifically, a beautiful baby named Carolyn. Each of the women in this story faces choices that all intertwine together. They keep secrets from their husbands and their children. This book would be a great choice for book club. There is so much to discuss and share.

Jul 27, 2015

Best book I've read in a long time. Couldn't put it down. Tears at your heart

Aug 09, 2013

One of the best (and most heart-wrenchingly honest) books I've read in a long time. It so perfectly captures the struggles women face to balance friendship, marriage, motherhood and the incredibly difficult decisions that we sometimes face.

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