October Baby - Reading List

October Baby

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

There is no doubt in my mind that the topic of abortion is fairly taboo.  Then the topic of adoption tends to be one that teeters on the edge of topics that are acceptable to discuss in public...  Why is that?

As an adopted child, I've always being interested in stories that portray adoptive families. And that fact is why I have been interested in October Baby for months.  And recently I was able to watch the movie and read the book.

Let me just say it straight - everyone needs to read or watch this story. If you watch it, you'll want to read the book; if you read it, you'll want to watch the movie.  It is extremely well done, and allows for a perspective on topics that society as a whole often avoids, although it effects so many people in society.

As I mentioned in a post last week, it is important to read fiction in order to experience aspects of life, that we might not otherwise even realize exist. It allows for growth in sympathy for others as we get to  know their history. And this is a story that does just that.

October Baby is a novel by Eric Wilson and also a movie directed by Jon & Andrew Erwin. It chornicles the life of Hannah.  You see Hannah, at the age of 19, discovers that she was adopted as an infant. But more importantly, Hannah is told that she was adopted because her birth mother tried to abort her, and the procedure failed. So at only 24 weeks gestation, Hannah was born. The results meant a life full of health complications.

Hannah spends the bulk of the story trying to discover who she is, and where she belongs.

October Baby

The support characters are amazing well done, including the nurse who worked at the abortion clinic and Hannah's birth mother. Both sides of story show that these are all people, they might be making mistakes, but they feel that they are doing the best they can in the moment. Even the moment when Hannah's adoptive parents tell her the truth, or should I say moments..., portray real people who are struggling with the gray topics of life.

Some of the more powerful lines came from the supportive characters. Proving the time and thought that went into this project. For example, Sargent Dodd's words of wisdom to Hannah: "Hate the crime, not the criminal." (Tweet this)

Although the movie doesn't spend much time in Hannah's childhood, the book does a fantastic job showing that Hannah grew up in a wonderful family dynamic, where she was well loved and cared for. She might have often felt like the odd member of the family, but she was part of this family. Which, as an adopted child, I personally really appreciated it. So often the adoptive family gets the short end of the stick in these stories, suddenly seen as the bad guys who kept a child from her real family.

October Baby

I also really enjoyed how the book was divided (the movie alluded to this concept as well) - similarly to the development stages of a caterpillar to butterfly.  Such truth over the idea of each person has to experience life in stages that build upon each other, and serve a purpose as we mature and grow. And that this comparison was made directly to the development of a Christian.

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I honestly can not recommend this story highly enough.  Please, if you haven't already, put this book at the top of your to-read list, or at least go rent the movie for a date night, or a girls night!

Have you read this book, or seen the movie?  What did you think?  Did it leave an impact at all?  Do you often feel that the topic of adoption, even abortion, need to be discussed more often in society? I'd love to hear from you!

If you are interested in more on October Baby I recommend these:

The trailer

Shari - The Birth Mother

The Tear-Jerking Moment

And here are my affiliate links for the novel and the movie. So if you are interested in purchasing them, I'd love for your support!

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