Looking for Jane

Atria. Feb. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9781668013687. $27.99. F
DEBUT This powerful novel features a trio of strong women whose lives are woven together across the years through a lost letter and a secret network of women fighting for the right to choose. In 2017, Angela Creighton and her wife are trying to have a child through IVF. She comes across a letter written in 2010 from a dying mother to her daughter Nancy revealing that she was adopted and urging her to seek out her birth mother. An adopted child herself, Angela is determined to track down Nancy Mitchell and give her the letter. In 1961, Nancy’s birth mother Maggie was sent to a home for “fallen” women where she befriends another teenager named Evelyn. Against their will, the women are forced to give up their babies for adoption. Evelyn is devastated by the loss of her child but determined to fight for a woman’s right to choose motherhood. She becomes a doctor and joins the secret Jane Network in Canada, providing safe but illegal abortions. Angela’s search will bring all three women together as daughters and mothers fighting for women’s ultimate choice.
VERDICT This timely novel about motherhood and choices is a must for all fiction collections.
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