Sarah Sentilles with Anthony Doerr - Stranger Care (Online Event)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 5:30pm


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Book Passage Presents

Wed., June 2, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Anthony Doerr • Signed bookplates available!

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The moving story of what one woman learned from fostering a newborn—about injustice, about making mistakes, about how to better love and protect people beyond our immediate kin.

May you always feel at home.

After their decision not to have a biological child, Sarah Sentilles and her husband, Eric, decide to adopt via the foster care system. Despite knowing that the system’s goal is the child’s reunification with the birth family, Sarah opens their home to a flurry of social workers who question them, evaluate them, and ultimately prepare them to welcome a child into their lives—even if it means most likely having to give the child back. After years of starts and stops, and endless navigation of the complexities and injustices of the foster care system, a phone call finally comes: a three-day-old baby girl named Coco, in immediate need of a foster family. Sarah and Eric bring this newborn stranger home.

“You were never ours,” Sarah tells Coco, “yet we belong to each other.”

A love letter to Coco and to the countless children like her, Stranger Care chronicles Sarah’s discovery of what it means to mother—in this case, not just a vulnerable infant but the birth mother who loves her, too. Ultimately, Coco’s story reminds us that we depend on family, and that family can take different forms. With prose that Nick Flynn has called “fearless, stirring, rhythmic,” Sentilles lays bare an intimate, powerful story with universal concerns: How can we care for and protect one another? How do we ensure a more hopeful future for life on this planet? And if we’re all related—tree, bird, star, person—how might we better live?

Sarah Sentilles is the author of Draw Your Weapons, Breaking Up with God, A Church of Her Own, and Taught by America. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Divinity School, she lives in Idaho’s Wood River Valley.

Anthony Doerr is the author of The Shell Collector, About Grace, Memory Wall, Four Seasons in Rome, and All the Light We Cannot See. His new novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land, will be published in September 2021. Doerr's fiction has won awards that include the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, and five O. Henry Prizes. Doerr lives in Boise with his wife and two sons.

 

Sarah Sentilles photo by Gia Goodrich at VEV STUDIOS; Anthony Doerr photo by Ulf Andersen

 

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Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593230039
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - May 4th, 2021

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Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021