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My Name is Anton: A Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, December 1, 2020
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Literature & Fiction
“A heartwarming story spanning decades of shared trials and personal growth, [Hyde’s] latest will appeal to her loyal readers and fans of Hazel Prior, Erica Bauermeister, and HBO’s recent series Run.” ―Booklist
“Readers who want tales of love, family, and emotional strength in the face of hardship will cheer on Anton, Edith, and their efforts to create a family in the midst of pain. A great choice for fans of Hyde and a fine introduction to Hyde’s brand of uplifting [stories] of people thrown together by chance and united by love.” ―Library Journal
About the Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of forty published and forthcoming books. An avid traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, she shares her astrophotography with readers on her website.
Her novel Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than twenty-three languages for distribution in over thirty countries. Both Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow list, and Jumpstart the World was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. Where We Belong won two Rainbow Awards in 2013, and The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award in 2015.
More than fifty of her short stories have been published in the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and many other journals; in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts; and in the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Copilot. Her stories have been honored by the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and have been nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in the annual Best American Short Stories anthology.
She is founder and former president (2000–2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation and still serves on its board of directors. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.
For more information, please visit the author at www.catherineryanhyde.com.
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (December 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1713530511
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713530510
- Item Weight : 2.46 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.5 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,580,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My husband and I adopted 2 children in our 30s. They are now 17 and 20. I'm sure adoption was different in the 80s but I can't imagine it was close to adopting a puppy which is how it's portrayed in this novel. Two people who are not married go to an agency and look at children who apparently live there? as if they are visiting an animal shelter. The agency owner who is never identified as a licensed social worker has no problem with the fact that Edith and Anton have known each other for weeks and are not married but want to foster to adopt. She shows up for the first meeting, which I guess is supposed to be the home study, with a five year old child in tow. She really knows nothing about these people that she's exposing the child to and has no idea what information they might disclose in front of the child who is sitting right there during the discussion. The child has already shown signs of an attachment disorder. It is not normal for a 5 year old to crawl into the lap of a stranger. All 3 adults keep using the phrase "child who is not your own" when referring to adoption. If you think this is acceptable language about adoption then you shouldn't adopt. This child will be "your own". There doesn't seem to be any concern about the stability of this new, rushed marriage. The child is corrected by the agency owner for asking about Anton's hand which is ridiculous. The child has a right to know. There is apparently no requirement for parenting classes or learning information about the needs of an older child. Everyone involved seems to need this badly! Aside from a few mentions of paperwork this adoption is done in a very irresponsible manner.
Edith and Anton then look at adopting a baby that is not even born yet and again expose the child to the first conversation with the teen mother. The first child is still a foster child and nothing has been explained to her before the meeting.
Everything about this depiction of adoption in this book is horrifying. Children are not puppies and decisions about adoption should strongly consider what is best for the child not just what the potential parents want. If you want to adopt please find a reputable agency. Adoption is great but not this way.
This author writes about good people, really good people who sometimes have to deal with bad situations, and she tells us how, with grace and goodness, these people do the best they can. The book description tells us what we need to know in order for us to want to read this book and find out what happens next. The rest is a story of a very deliberate man, a thoughtful man who sees clearly his lot in life and a woman who deserves so much more than what she has.
Anton has a lot of burdens to bear, and his maturity comes about in a horrific way. Edith has her own burdens, but luckily, Anton comes along to shoulder some of those. "Imperfect" as Anton might think he is, he is really just about as perfect a human being as anyone could hope for. And Edith is just about the only human being in his life who sees him this way.
The twists of fate in this story almost defy reality, but they could happen to Anton, and they do!
Every time I read a Catherine Ryan Hyde book, it's the finest of her books I've ever read, and when you start out with the first book, which is fine, the finest ones just get better. I don't know how she does it, but that's why she writes them and we all read them! "Finest" might be a superlative I haven't used yet to describe Catherine Ryan Hyde's books, but if I have, I'm recycling now.
It is recommended that you have tissues on hand.
You tip-toe from one landmine to the next. You forget about the time when you expected people to be filled with light, decency, integrity, and love.
Let’s just say I’ve been going through a tough patch with politics and the pandemic, and I’d forgotten how things should be. “My Name Is Anton” gave me the spiritual boost I needed. It spoke to my soul.
I wish I could give it 6 stars. Please, people. Read this book.
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Will try another but so hope she gets her old spark back.
Reminds me 1 Co 13 : 4-7
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud
5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New Living Translation 2nd Ed.