Tuesday, June 24, 2008

More Than It Hurts You

Darin Strauss has a new book out "More than it Hurts You". In this book Josh and Dori Goldin face a parents worst nightmare, the mysterious illness of their 8 month old son. The novel centers around a allegations of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy by the Goldin's black female doctor. Set in Long Island New York, the book is about class, reverse racism and a man who wants to believe that his wife would never harm her own child.

Josh finds the details of what the doctors did when his son first came into the hospital fuzzy at best, but his wife remains calm. She is a phlebotomist, and "Dori spoke fluent hospital." She challenges the doctors' treatment of her son and it finally comes to a head when she confronts the staff and the police have to intervene.

When CPS takes the baby, the media gets involved, accusations are thrown around regarding the black doctor and the Jewish family. It is then that the characters realize that their lives have been changed forever.

More Than it Hurts You is a gripping novel that I could not put down. It has me thinking about how I portray myself to the world and how I perceive people. It was very well written and would make a great book club pick (Do you hear me Oprah?).

You can find out more about Darin Strauss' book tour here and check out what other reviewers have to say about this great book at MotherTalk.


  1. Thanks for the recommendation.
    If you haven't read
    Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
    by Alexandra Fuller
    it's fantastic, and a good summer read.
    Any story about an exploding x-mas rum cake, makes for good family fun.

  2. That sounds like a thought-provoking and kind of scary book! Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. I will have to check this book out. I love to read!

  4. Ooohhh ... sounds good!

  5. I found it fascinating, too. It was a page-turner! Strauss knows how to create characters.


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