I almost gave up on Akin by Emma Donoghue (Frog Music and Room). It started, as many have, as a story of an older gentleman whose wife has died and who has planned a life-changing trip, only to find out that he has a relative he didn’t know. In this story, the great-nephew’s father has died, mother is incarcerated, and there is no one to take care of him. While I probably could have predicted the ending of this story, it was well-told and enjoyable, even though it was somewhat like many of the others written about the same subject.

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