Books for Moms

November Reads: Killing Karoline

“There are three sides to every story: your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently.” I finished this lovely memoir from South African debut author, Sara-Jayne King for my Nonfiction November challenge.

Karoline is born in South Africa during the apartheid to a white mother who was having an affair with a black man. She is put up for adoption after her “natural” mother realizes her child is not her husbands after all. Her biological mother tells her family that her baby has died while receiving medical treatment in another country when the truth reveals that she had been adopted by a white British family at just eight weeks new.

Sara- Jayne aka Karoline, struggles to identify with who she is while growing up in a family and community that is so foreign to her in terms of understanding her background and race.

Is she considered white or black? Is she South African or British? Killing Karoline will break your heart and give you an understanding of the life of an interracial adoptee.

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