☆ The Russian Word for Snow: A True Story of Adoption Ò Download by Ü Janis Cooke Newman
☆ The Russian Word for Snow: A True Story of Adoption Ò Download by Ü Janis Cooke Newman I have pretty mixed feelings about this book I m Russian, so I know the situation from the inside While I understand that in early 90s children in orphanages indeed had extremely hard life and few chances to be adopted domestically, the whole description of this adoption is just sketchy and filled with hatred for Russia The authors treats the whole situation as if she was entitled to adopt a Russian child and people have to be grateful to her for doing that, while in reality, she basically bought a child from an impoverished country, while giving bribes and treating locals like trash I couldn t wait to read this book And now that I have, I can honestly say it was a complete and total let down The self absorbed author begins the book with, I never wanted to have children Yes, she clearly changed her mind over the course of time, but as someone who has spent their entire life dreaming of having children, it immediately turned me off I continued reading nonetheless, respecting her immediate honesty and candorand hoping upon all hopes that it would get better Unfortunately I found myself only growing and frustrated I was looking for a book that told a heartwarming story of bringing her child home from a third world country All this book did was complain about how difficult it was for them Having gone through Russian adoption I have experienced many similar situations to those described in this book, but the wonder overpowers all of them, and that w Janis Cooke Newman First Saw The Baby Who Would Become Her Son On A Videotape He Was Months Old And Naked, Lying On A Metal Changing Table While A Woman In A White Lab Coat And A Babushka Tried To Make Him Smile For The CameraFour Months Later, The Newmans Traveled To Moscow To Get Their Son Russia Was Facing Its First Democratic Election, And The Front Runner Was An Anti American Communist Who They Feared Would Block AdoptionsFor Nearly A Month, The Newmans Spent Every Day At The Orphanage With The Child They D Named Alex, Waiting For His Adoption To Be Approved As Russia Struggled With Internal Conflict, The Metro Line They Used Was Bombed, And Another Night, The Man Who Was To Sign Their Papers Was Injured In A Car BombingFinally, When The Newmans Had Begun To Consider Kidnapping, Their Adoption Coordinator, Through The Fog Of A Hangover, Made The Call Alex Was TheirsWritten With A Keen Sense Of Humor, The Russian Word For Snow Is A Clear Eyed Look At The Experience Of Making A Family Through Adoption I have happened across thrift store finds lately, about adoption This story is very good I felt so, for the children in the orphanage, and how desperately they all needed homes This took place in the 90 s, and there was unrest, along with a controversial election, while the couple was in Russia Lots of jumping through hoops Really good story, and so happy for them all. This is the year of the Reading Passport at our local library and I chose this book to read for the country of Russia It is the story of an American couple who use a rather dubious adoption service to adopt their son, Alex, from Moscow They spend one month in Moscow, dealing with the surly Yuri, who they are dependent upon for government signatures for the adoption Just as they are at the end of their rope, they are allowed to bring their son home to America The description of the orphanage where Alex Grisha lived is heartrending but you realize the caretakers are doing the best they can do with limited resources Like the Newmans, I breathed a sigh of relief when they boarded Finnaire to head home. This commentary on adoption shows a need to be extremely selfish, tenacious, and willing to be treated with discrimination and disdain The entire situation was driven by greed and dishonesty by these people all along the way offering a couple a child with freedom to make possible a homeward bound Alex Ken and Janis have to be admired for sticking with this project for so many months It is understandable how they began to bicker with each other and virtually Janis made herself ill with this tension It reminds me of the true story of Philomena and her plight with the Catholic Orphanage in Ireland We aren t aware of these inequities all over the world The financial as in all dishonest contracts leads the temptation for desperate people One thing I did notice at the final portion of the book, when Janis is dealing with Alex I shouldn t have read this one right after Locas, because they both present similar situations two women, one an illegal immigrant, and one a wealthy white woman, both who want to have babies, but can t However, the tone of Locas was so matter of fact, while the narrator s voice in this book can come across as entitled and whiny, especially when she threatens to reduce her Russian adoption coordinator s pay by 100 dollars for every day he doesn t produce the signatures for the adoption While she may be describing the adoption process, and even the setting, accurately, it often reads as overly harsh.
One couple s story of international adoption. I really enjoyed all of the details of life in and outside of the orphanage in Russia I was inspired by the relentless bravery and persistence shown by this couple. I was surprised that the writer did not change adoption consultants upon realizing the inadequacy and corruption surrounding Yuri I also found the couples implied wealth difficult to relate to. Gripping and coarse but with a happy ending Definitely than just another feel good adoption story. Loved the inclusion of photos. I was really excited to read this book but it was just a huge flop for me She made me angry from the very beginning when she said He s ours, he s ours, he s ours he sang, dancing around the bed with his penis flapping If I were her husband, I would be appalled that she wrote that for the whole world to read It disgusts me just to read it Later towards the end when talking about other children being adopted she described ones without arms, crossed eyed, or other issues as being not whole This came across as them being less than a human being How could you say that about someone Then there is the whole thing with Maggie and Yuri It was quite apparent they didn t know what they were doing When asking Maggie questions she would just shrug and not give them answers Janis and Ke I am a sucker for books on adoption, especially international adoption Takes you through her story of not wanting children at all, then trying to conceive,falling in love with a Russian baby, and then the trials of being in Russia to adopt Very welll written.
Janis Cooke Newman is the author of A Master Plan for Rescue , a magical novel about the surprising acts of heroism that can be inspired by love She is also the author of Mary , a historical novel about Mary Todd Lincoln Mary was chosen by USA Today as the best historical fiction of 2006 and was a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction award She is also the author of The Russian Word for Snow