Rosie O'Donnell,
Find Me
(Time Warner, 2002)

Rosie O'Donnell is not a household name on the European side of the Atlantic, and therefore my understanding of this book is as a listener without pre-conceived notions. The blurb describes it as a combination of memoir, mystery and detective story, and it certainly lives up to the hype.

It would appear that O'Donnell has a particular interest in re-uniting birth mothers with their children and it's from this premise that she encounters a girl named Stacie. From that first contact, the story becomes a roller-coaster ride that will tear at the emotions of the listener.

O'Donnell is a professional broadcaster and her voice gives a fresh and compelling impetus to the story that might be lost if her tale being read by an actor. She makes us feel the pain and want so much for this mystery to be solved.

It is this rare ability to bring the listener into a story that will intrigue and captivate many. Others may find the emotional strain too much and could be unable to finish the story. That would be a great pity, however, as the story and its unfolding are fascinating. They are also reflective of modern western life with all its vagaries.

As with so many book reviews it would be a sin to reveal too much of the content because it is the gradual unveiling of facts and emotions that brings the listener along. Likewise a misplaced quote about how the story ends will spoil an excellent listen for those who are strong and brave enough to examine this emotional world.

[ by Nicky Rossiter ]
Rambles: 24 August 2002

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