16 April, 2016

Blood family by Anne Fine

Blood Family
It takes all sorts to make a world, and here you meet most of them.  If you think of a spectrum of virtue the whole range is here from people who act and persevere to help someone else, to the vilest creep imaginable, plus all those in the middle - a mixture of kindness and selfishness.

Eddie has a horrible childhood, locked into just a few shabby, smelly rooms with his mother, both at the mercy of Bryce Harris.  An observant neighbour spots him and prods Social Services into action to rescue boy and mother.   His mother has been battered into idiocy but Eddie is surprisingly resilient.

The story of Eddie is told in many voices, his care worker, foster parents, adopted family...all supportive to the best of their abilities.  Eddie's voice is the clearest as first he engages with a bright and varied world and then goes totally off the rails when he receives an unexpected revelation.

Title: Blood family
Author: Anne Fine

Reviewed by Christine O.
Christine O has worked in North Shore libraries for over 20 years. She likes her fiction to be credible and her nonfiction to be accessible

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