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Orfan [Epub] ❤ Orfan By Corie Skolnick – Buyprobolan50.co.uk With a large dose of humor and warmth ORFAN lets the reader in on the loss grief trauma and isolation that children experience when the foundation of a loving parent is pulled out from under them and With a large dose of humor and warmth Orfan lets the reader in on the loss grief trauma and isolation that children experience when the foundation of a loving parent is pulled out from under them and they are placed in homes where they are not loved or appreciated or even safe While Orfan has a fantastical side that allows us to reach in and enjoy the story of JD it also illustrates the searing pain of aloneness and how important it is that our communities support all our Orfans to have stable permanent lifelong families As we see with Orfan families can appear in all shapes and colors and from the most unlikely places Orfan is an old fashioned page turner with real heart and an insight into love and how people authentically come together as familyOrfan is an insightful look at adoption that is so often ignored From the beginning of the story the reader is pulled into the authenticity of each life that is touched by adoption I recommend this book to anyone who is part of the adoption triad the birthparents adoptive parents and adoptee You will not be disappointed Karen L Vedder MSW Former president of Concerned United Birthparents Inc Carlsbad CAA wondrous uniue story about the power of imagination and movie stars to lift us out of tough circumstances Paige Gold Entertainment and Media attorneyOrfan is a novel that shows us the world from the fragile perspective of an amazing young boy who has lost what so many take for granted Corie Skolnick has created a raft of vivid characters who turn the idea of family on its head while telling a mesmerizing story that reminds us of how we are all linked together by our need for connection Donna Accardo Chair English Department Pierce College Los Angeles CA.


10 thoughts on “Orfan

  1. Melynda Melynda says:

    From the opening pages of Orfan it is very obvious Skolnick has spent a great deal of time listening to parents who have lost children to adoption and people who were adopted The opening pages of the book are one of the clearest distillations of the experience of mothers from the Baby Scoop Era I have read Indeed this is one of the few adoption related fiction books that gets it and the treats the natural family the adoptive parents and most importantly the adoptee with dignity ie none of them are portrayed as being maladaptive or pathological they are just trying to do the best with what they have been given in life Even so James Deane a biracial child born to an unwed mother during the height of the Civil Rights movement faces tremendous heartache and loss in his life It begins with the loss of his culture and heritage when he is adopted by a white couple in 1969 The loving adoptive parents take him home to Florida where he comes of age in a culture still awash with prejudice and ignorance The loss continues throughout his life until it reaches the point where it almost breaks him Fortunately James Deane has people who care enough to reach out to him in the time of his greatest need With skill Skolnick passes the story back and forth between characters The prose structure is reminiscent of one of my all time favorite books The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and Orfan is an adept application of this type of communal story telling Without spoiling the end I just have to say those kinds of things happen so often in adoption situations All The Time It's called serendipity Except for the bit about grandpa's identity Now hurry up and read it so we can chat about it


  2. Gayle Swift Gayle Swift says:

    FABULOUS book rivetingengagingkept reminding of Prayer for Owen Meany and Cider House Rules Flawless prose reveal uirky characters who feel believable as well as fascinating Readers will find themselves rooting for the hapless orphan at the center of the story His resilient spirit will steal your heart As misfortune after misfortune befalls him he struggles to keep his head above water and not be annihilated by the petty prejudices of those who cross his path turn a blind eye to his tribulations while patting themselves on the back for the paltry bit they do on his behalf His self righteous sanctimonious grandmother is a figure one yearns to hate and yet she too suffers tremendous loss as a result of her small minded attitudes and legalistic versions of ChristianitySkolnick skillfully skewers several sacred cows and has written a book that will challenge entertain and reuires readers to examine their own beliefs of goodevil judgmenttolerance A truly memorable read LOVE LOVE Love


  3. Bonnie Trachtenberg Bonnie Trachtenberg says:

    It's been a long while since I've been able to concentrate on a novel Lately with all the craziness in the world I've had a lot of trouble focusing on fiction From the first page though Orfan had me hooked Corie Skolnick's writing is so engaging and this story is so fresh and original Written from varying perspectives it's the story of a boy named James Deane who is reluctantly given up for adoption and his remarkable tragic and amazing life afterwards I'm very impressed by Skolnick's knowledge of such varying people places and circumstances It really makes for a captivating journey with surprises along the way Very enjoyable read


  4. Sharon Dukett Sharon Dukett says:

    I was disappointed to discover this book did not get made into a movie because it should have been Apparently it had been optioned With drama pain hysterical humor deep love magical communications with those that have passed this book covers religion bigotry racism adoption determination and success with outrageous plot twists that will keep you guessing Loved it beginning to end


  5. OttO E OttO E says:

    Great book great read Everyone will enjoy it but a must read for adoptees The first chapter is an emotional roller coaster but it gets smoother after that Well I'm not good at writing reviews so I'm done Read on Enjoy


  6. Meredith Meredith says:

    This book takes you on a heartfelt journey of being a biracial child of unwed mother in a time that it was not accepted So many twists and turns that show you how beautiful and tragic life can be at the same time


  7. Ted Guevara Ted Guevara says:

    Corie Skolnick’s Orfan is as delightful to read as it is a literary feat To have that balance in a book is rare in so that it blankets and beckons the general public Everybody would want to experience this book It was a treat for me due to its abundance of knowledge its intricate weaving in the plot always setting the reader to get the full effect of an upcoming scene and mostly Orfan smoothly encourages one to have an imaginary friend or idol saying mindfully it’s okay and natural for all ages Jimmy Deane—a mulatto born unwanted in a Chicago infirmary and immediately adopted by a white couple from Florida—is the one vulnerable yet tough thread that entwines throughout the book From hard luck his only winning defense to tackle anguish and despair growing up is his exceptional mind Skolnick points out that the “look down upon” upon her charismatic main character is almost an involuntary reflex accosted by the environment If one would suddenly see a purple pin in the set of white pins down the lane one would likely hesitate to bowl Few would insistently aim and knock down that purple pin But this stint doesn’t engulf the novel Compassionate beings come out from the woodwork at every turn and say to Jimmy Deane that they brightly exist in his gloomy world Yet I feel there is that alarming theme from “Jaws” that comes out often in the story and it precedes a disaster worse than hatred The name Jimmy Deane is coincidental Yet it embarks on what we tend to deeply need in life and that is guidance To look up at a star and know that it would always be there to shine upon you—lean toward a healthy stance than not Skolnick’s writing is elegant even when she dips down to humor and frank instances It sometimes aligns me with the work of John Irving or Alice Sebold Ms Skolnick has an ample background in psychology ualifying her to than tell a rich heartrending story such as Orfan She alone should have the copyright of that title—which has been used sporadically lately And for all you idea hungry filmmakers out there take note Orfan may just be your next panorama It is uniue and has enough twists and turns to fill a script


  8. Shelly Hickman Shelly Hickman says:

    I'm not sure where to begin I finished this book last night and it had me in tears than once Sorrowful tears but also joyous tears JD is a person who has endured one loss after another throughout his life but still manages to maintain kindness even for those who have done him wrong like his grandmother Maybe you have even met a person such as this someone who has endured tragedy than we can even fathom and yet they not only survive but inspire us by their grace This is JDThe author examines our flaws with irreverence but also with humor and sensitivity I was so impressed with the voice in this bookI did have one tiny little issue By and large I don't have problems with shifts in the characters' point of view However there were some sections in this book where the shifts were so abrupt that I had a little difficulty following who was thinking what I also would have enjoyed being inside JD's head a bit in the second half of the novelThe author shared several poignant insights throughout but one of my favorites was toward the end when JD's emotional well being seems it might be on the skidsWhen someone rides our train and we become fond of them and then for some reason unknown to us they have to get off at another station how do we endure the pain and go on? How do we decide to keep on riding the train to our own conclusion? I'll tell you how It is nothing than a conscious decision to accept the pain of loss as the inevitable price we must pay for the relationship and the love and joy we experience as part of itJust beautiful Thank you Corie Skolnick for sharing this amazing work


  9. Jenni Ogden Jenni Ogden says:

    This is a delight to read and unlike anything I have read before The central character Jimmy Deane JD was adopted at birth in 1969 at the height of the Civil Rights movement in the US His new white Florida parents didn’t care that their beautiful new son was half black but by the time he was five his father and mother were dead From there on life threw everything bad imaginable at him especially his selfish racist alcoholic adoptive grandmother His saviours came in the form of his imaginary protector the real James Dean Gillis the old fella next door his love of music and especially the drums inherited from his father and his exceptional intelligence These and a few other memorable characters gave him the resilience he needed to stay true to his inbuilt generosity and charm It is a fast paced book and a page turner with JD Gillis and occasionally other characters telling the story It is chock full of coincidences usually advised by editors as a big no no But in this novel they are perfectly right perhaps because of the fantasy aspects of JD’s relationship with the long dead James Dean This is a story resonant with moral lessons told with warmth and fun as well as sadness for the ‘orfan’ as little JD saw himself JD entered my heart before he was even fully born and stayed firmly in place until the last sentence I’m sure he is out there somewhere now aged 47 still with dreadlocks playing his drums and loving his family and friends with all his very big heart


  10. Sandy Lenahan Sandy Lenahan says:

    ORFAN by Corie Skolnick is a treasure that flew way under my radar when it was published in 2010 Reminiscent of Percival Everett's I am not Sidney Poitier another awesome book that should not be missed IMHO Skolnick's coming of age story really shouldn't be missedORFAN is heartbreakingly sad and maddening at the same time You'll root for JD and be tickled by Gillis many transformations but your heart will still hurt for all the loss that's heaped on JD's young shoulders I found myself asking than once why couldn't JD catch a break it drove me crazyAs much as I wanted to despise JD's hard case grandmother I couldn't because that character was probably the most accuratly depicted 1970's Southern person I've read in a long time She's a product of her environment as it was in the late 60's and 70's to say she's not very civil rights friendly is being generousI'm going to have both my teens read ORFAN so we can talk about the many issues Skolnick address so elgentlyThis of is no way a reflection on the lovely ladies I worked with in Georgia during the 90'sa totally different world


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