Picks and Pans Review: The Baby Chase

updated 12/12/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/12/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Tony Kornheiser

This report about a couple's attempt to adopt a baby makes for an astonishingly suspenseful true story. Kornheiser and his wife, Karril, a bridal consultant, had been married for nine years and she could not conceive. Then, one day in July 1981, they heard about a pregnant young girl who was willing to give up her baby for adoption. Told to bring $15,000 in cash when they picked up the baby, the Kornheisers suspected the adoption might not be legal. They desperately wanted the child, so they suspended their skepticism, but then began to wonder. If the adoption were illegal, could the mother someday demand the return of her child? In discussing this and other agonies, the author candidly probes his own motives and those of his shy wife. Kornheiser, a good reporter—he's a Washington Post feature writer—has produced a valuable primer on a complex, sad business. Do he and his wife get the baby they want so much? Readers are advised to get on the book's emotional roller coaster and stay for the ride. (Atheneum, $12.95)

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