Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication: August 4, 2015
I'll start by saying that Orphan #8 is not a feel good story, so don't expect to get that. For me, it's one of those books that I had a hard time trying to decide if I liked the book. In a way, I had a hard time figuring out what the purpose of the book was supposed to be, especially because the end left me wanting more. At the heart, it is the story of Rachel's life as an orphan in 1920s New York. She is separated from her brother, subjected to extensive X-Ray exposure in the name of research. After the age of 6, she is sent to live and grow up in a Jewish orphanage. The book waffles between flash backs about her childhood and the present as a 40something nurse working in a hospice wing of a hospital.