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Chosen: A Novel by Chandra Hoffman

By Chandra Hoffman

In selected, a tender caseworker turns into more and more entangled within the lives of adoptive and start mom and dad, with devastating effects. all of it starts off with a delusion: the caseworker in her "signing bureaucracy" charcoal swimsuit status along beaming mom and dad cradling their followed child, set opposed to a fluorescent-lit delivery-room backdrop. it truly is this happy photograph that retains Chloe Pinter, director of the selected kid's domestic-adoption software, chuffed whereas juggling the excessive calls for of her boss and the incessant wishes of either adoptive and organic mom and dad. however the very task that provides her safe haven from her turbulent own existence and Portland's wintry weather rains quickly turns into a battleground related to 3 very various undefined: the Novas, well-off collage sweethearts who suffered fertility difficulties yet at the moment are anticipating their very own child; the McAdoos, a filthy rich husband and determined spouse for whom adoption is a final probability; and Jason and Penny, an impoverished couple who've nothing—except the newborn each person wishes. whilst a baby is going lacking, goals dissolve into nightmares, and everybody is compelled to check what she or he particularly wishes and the place all of it went unsuitable. advised from alternating issues of view, selected finds the determined nature of hope throughout social backgrounds and the way a ways humans will visit get the single factor they suspect could be the resolution.

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But we舗ve done a ton to it, painted it and everything, and we love the neighborhood. I mean, we舗d love to buy it someday, but you can舗t beat living in a two-bedroom for six hundred a month just uphill from Northwest. 舡 We love this, we did that舒 whatever. Paul舗s hand is throbbing. He wonders how much longer he will have to sit here, making polite conversation with her. 舡 Chloe asks. 舡 Paul looks at his watch: 4:49. 舡 This is a lie舒in his opinion, everything in Northwest is overpriced or overspiced.

Chloe sighs and hangs up. 舡 Dan asks softly, and Chloe thinks from his tone that they are ready to make up. 舡 She is poised to leave, her hand on the doorjamb. She tries again. 舡 There is a long silence. From the hallway light shining on Dan舗s perfect profile, she can see his eyes are closed, but it is a feigned sleep face. She continues, 舠Look, babe, you舗re the one who mentioned getting married in the first place. I never brought it up, you asked me. 舡 She leaves the room without answering, letting his own words echo in the silence of her wake.

She glances at the empty parking lot in front of her, spins around舒it is Jason, his face barely visible, harshly shadowed in the epileptic flickering of the lone fluorescent light by the Dumpster. Rain is falling on his shaved head, his scalp skin a sickly green. 舡 He laughs. He has the cardboard tube in his hand, tosses it from one to the other. 舠Didn舗t know it was me, huh? 舡 He takes a step closer to Chloe, so that she has to tip her head back slightly to see his two-tone eyes. Down by her side, Chloe sticks her ignition key out between the knuckles of her second and third fingers, the way she learned in her college Rape/Aggression/Defense class.

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