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Author Event with Robert Klose for his book “Adopting Anton: A Single Man Seeks a Son in Ukraine”

Tuesday, October 25 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

The Camden Public Library welcomes back author Robert Klose for a presentation of his new memoir “Adopting Anton: A Single Man Seeks a Son in Ukraine.” The book details the story of Klose’s determination to bring a five-year-old boy to a new home in America, but not knowing, until the last moment, whether his efforts would result in failure or success. The program will be offered to an in-person audience in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library.

Single women have a long and successful track record as adoptive parents, but single men seeking to adopt have had a tougher time of it. And yet the need for role models in this regard exists, if for no other reason than to offer hope to those men who want to adopt but are daunted by the seeming immensity of the challenge. Available children tend to live in countries that are both traditional and conservative and think in terms of “mother and child” but rarely “father and child.” Presuming that his already being an adoptive parent (he had previously adopted a boy from a Russian orphanage) would make a second attempt easier, Robert Klose was nevertheless confronted by a Ukrainian bureaucracy hobbled by its Soviet origins, as well as the vagaries of personalities in whose hands his fate would rest. The result is a harrowing narrative full of characters both picaresque and sympathetic, with all the actors, including the author, playing their roles in the chaotic aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

I sat down to read Adopting Anton one morning and finished the book before bed. It was that good – well-paced, funny, heartwarming, suspenseful. Klose writes with insight, clarity, and curiosity about the unfamiliar and often nerve-wracking worlds he is obliged to travel through his second adoption journey. In addition to being a timely and fascinating immersion into the culture of Ukraine in 2001, the book is an open-eyed, compassionate account of what it means to bring an older child from an unfamiliar world into one’s home and heart. Adopting Anton made me laugh and moved me deeply. It is an utterly absorbing book, suffused with love.

-Robin Clifford Wood, Maine Literary Award-winning author of The Field House: A Writer’s Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine. 

Robert Klose teaches at the University of Maine. He is a regular contributor of essays to The Christian Science Monitor. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, and various literary Magazines. He is the author of six books including, another adoption title, Aloshya: A Single Man Finds a Son in Russia.

Copies of the book with be available to purchase at the event (cash only, please). If you would like to purchase the book with a credit card, it can be ordered on Amazon.com by CLICKING HERE.

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