7 Adoption Fiction Books You Need To Add To Your Reading List

Write 'em down, add them to your Goodreads, get to reading!

Jennifer Galan March 25, 2017

With another winter storm warning coming my way, it seems the perfect time to refill both my kindle and my Overdrive queue. I went to Goodreads and used their Listopia feature and searched for the most talked-about fiction books with an adoption theme. Here’s what the Goodreaders recommended I add to my pile.

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies
1. The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

Separated into novellas, Davies weaves a story that illustrates different eras in the Chinese-American experience. He uses historical figures, like Anna May Wong, and one novella features travelling to China for adoption. I feel like, as a Lisa See fan, this one will be right up my alley.

Check it out here.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
2. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Speaking of one of my favorite authors, See’s newest novel came out just a few days ago. It is described as “a thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See [that] explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.” Take my money, Lisa See, because you never disappoint me.

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
3. The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Something must be in the air because novels that deal with trans-racial Asian adoption are trending like crazy. The Leavers is a story about a child abandoned by his immigrant mother and adopted by a white couple, and how he reconciles his past and his future. (It’s not available until May, so this one goes in my library hold list until its release date!)

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
4. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

I don’t know how I missed this one—published in 2014 it has received rave reviews for its tale of a woman making her life after foster care. And with over fifteen thousand reviews on Goodreads it’s apparent I am the only one who hasn’t read it!

Secret Daughter by  Shilpi Somaya Gowda
5. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

This one has popped up on my notifications a lot this month, and has become pretty buzz-worthy. The story of an Indian woman who places a daughter in a Mumbai orphanage and the American woman who adopts her, Secret Daughter seems like a story that was tailor-made from my tastes.

Lucky Boy by Shanki Sekaran
6. Lucky Boy by Shanki Sekaran

My spidey sense is tingling, because the phrase “your adopted child is so LUCKY to have you” makes me stabby, but the universally fawning reviews over this story of adoption and immigration make me want to give it a chance. Enough reviewers likened it to my current favorite novel, "The Sun is Also A Star", that I am willing to risk it.

The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly
7. The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly

This thriller tells the story about a woman who finds out she was adopted when she discovers a bullet lodged in her skull—leftover from the murder of her birth parents. Ridiculous? Yes. Problematic? Practically guaranteed. Perfect for escaping the snow? I’m betting on it. Check it out here.


What are you reading? Anything adoption related? Let me know in the comments, or friend me on Goodreads!

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Jennifer Galan

Jennifer Galan mothers four kids (one adopted, three biological) all while living the nomadic life of a military wife. She is a strong advocate for open adoptions, education reform, feminism, kindness, and naps. Mostly naps. Her favorite Doctor is number ten, and she is a proud Ravenclaw.


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