The Ones We Choose; Julie Clark
Gallery Books - 2018
The Ones We Choose is a debut novel that packs a punch. The author uses fiction and fascinating science tidbits about the DNA that shapes each of us.
Paige Robson is a successful genetic research scientist in a small California town. Busy with her career, she soon realizes that her only chance at motherhood might be through the use of a sperm donor.
Fast forward, Paige's son Miles is a lonely 8 year old who has issues fitting in. He also resents his mother's, kind, patient boyfriend Liam, and longs to know why he is the only child who doesn't know who his father is. (Paige, has also had a childhood with an absent father who reappears later in the story.)
As the story progresses secrets to the identity of Miles father begin to unravel and are revealed.
This is an amazing debut novel that blends literary fiction with science. At the beginning of each chapter are interesting genetic facts. I really enjoyed this book, a tender, heartwarming and informational read, reminding me of author, Lisa Genova.
Rating - 4.5/5 stars