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"Adopting Alyosha: A Single Man Finds a Son in Russia" - Russian Service and Product User Reviews

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From Publishers Weekly:
Given the number of children languishing in orphanages overseas and the number of Americans clamoring to adopt, one would think that it would be a relatively quick and straightforward process to bring them together. Not so, particularly if the prospective parent is an unmarried man. The title gives away the happy ending, which somewhat deflates the suspense that builds as Klose, a columnist for the Christian Science Monitor and a biology professor in Orono, Maine, runs into one blind alley after another in his search for "Pablo," the Latin-American boy he believes is waiting for him. With wry humor, Klose chronicles the adoption process, step by agonizing step, from his first meeting with an agency through parenting classes, obsessive cleaning for his "homestudy" inspection and dealing with adoption facilitators of varying levels of honesty and efficiency (one bilks him out of $4000). After more than two years, much paperwork and many fees, Klose forgoes his Latin dream and, after spotting a boy in an adoption agency video, travels to Russia to pick up seven-year-old Alyosha. A combination journal, travelogue and, above all, love story, this is a wonderful read, even for those uninvolved in adoption.


From Library Journal
Those who have met Alyosha Klose in the columns written by his father (biology, Univ. of Maine, Orono) for the Christian Science Monitor will be especially interested in this expressively written saga of a journey toward adoption. Klose narrates his two-and-a-half-year navigation of the painful, frustrating, up-and-down steps to single male parenthood with elegance and insight, culminating in his adoption of a little boy from a Moscow orphanage. This is an enlightening read about the world of agencies and individuals in the international adoption "business" that manages to convey a certain amount of suspense, even though we know the goal was attained. Highly recommended for general readers. ASuzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Alfred
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