Such a heart wrenching story which starts as this young girl and her younger brother are growing up as "street kids" in the worst slums of Sai Paulo. Eventually they are both taken to an orphanage, which also has lots of hardships, but an improvement on the streets. From there they are adopted by a Swedish couple who take them to live in Sweden. A real culture shock! They experience good parenting and comfort in every way. They never have to go to bed anymore with their stomachs growling with hunger. They get to love their adoptive parents but sadly the mother dies. Christiana, when older, feels she has to follow her heart and return to visit Brazil and reunite with her biological mother.
This was a rather sad but enlightening story of a woman who grew up in rather dire circumstances in a very poor country. As a young girl she lived in a cave then on the streets of a city with her Mother who she loved dearly. The story switches between periods of time which I have never liked in a novel, let alone a true story. This is a novel which I found not very enjoyable to read, but having said that, I am so glad I did read it as it opened my eyes to the plight of many less fortunate than myself. I would encourage you to read this novel for that reason.
Interesting story about two Brazilian children who started their lives in a Favela (Slum area) that were adopted by a Swedish couple and taken to Sweden to live, Christiana,Christine , when grown up ventures back to Brazil in an attempt to locate her birth mother. This story may have you grabbing for the tissues at times. However, unfortunately what is described etc in this story is still true in many parts of Brazil. Well worth a read.
This is a very real account of how hard and brutal life can be as a poor, disadvantaged person in Brazil and I found some parts of her story quite confronting. It was also a lovely account of the writer’s relationship with her biological mother as well. However, the writer doesn’t get bogged down in adoption losses either, perhaps because her views have been tempered by her earlier experiences.
I. found the book very interesting, frustrating to read of the lack of value for human life in some countries today and disgusting to read of the abuse and murder of innocent children. We are so a product of our birth and Christiana has done well to accept her situation and value the love that was there for her in both her countries.