You probably remember the story: White adoptive parents of six black children drive themselves and the children off a cliff, killing them all. That may be all you remember, and perhaps wondering what would drive such a noble couple to such despair. After all, they rescued these children from their terrible parents, didn’t they?
That was the story most reporters told, without asking any tough questions.
But one reporter explored the lives of the children and their families. She found children who not only never should have been placed with the adoptive parents who killed them; they never needed to be placed with strangers at all.
Reporter Roxanna Asgarian tells the full story in what the Washington Post calls “[a] bracing gut punch of a book,” We Were Once a Family. It is a book likely to be talked about in the same breath as masterpieces such as Nina Bernstein’s The Lost Children of Wilder and Andrea Elliott’s Invisible Child.
The best testament to this book’s power comes in a review by Jennifer Szalai in The New York Times:
The review in Publisher’s Weekly
Asgarian’s interview with the Los Angeles Times
Asgarian's interview with The Imprint podcast.
An excerpt from the book in The Texas Tribune.
But only if you’re ready to have some of your assumptions unsettled.