Who said we can’t choose our parents?
WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Summer 2019 - Best Fantasy
HONORABLE MENTION: Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2020 - Fiction-Religious Theme
“...a dramatic, uplifting and thought-provoking piece of literature that anyone can enjoy.” ~ K.C. Finn (5 Stars), Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews (See Full Review Below, Under “Endorsements”)
“This book will satiate your appetite for magical realism. ... It makes us feel better after reading the last page.” ~ Vincent Dublado (5 Stars), Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews (See Full Review Below, Under “Endorsements”)
When we’re born, we start with a blank slate, forgetting all that happened before. Most people think life begins at the moment of either conception or physical birth, but what if it really starts much earlier? What if we meet our parents even before they meet each other? What if we have a choice, and can shape our own destiny?
Take a remarkable journey with a young soul who, upon finding his ideal mother, stops at nothing to make her his own. From the instant he first lays eyes on Lera—so cheerful, charming, and eccentric—‘Peace’ knows she’s the only mom for him.
Yet things don’t always go the way we planned, even for souls desperate to be born.
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: In its Russian original, Born—Against All Odds was selected as ‘Best Book of the Year’ in the fantasy genre, at the International Russian Writers competition in Germany (2015). Its English translation by Krystyna Steiger (Canada) was awarded the second prize at the “Open Eurasia 5th International Writers Competition” in London in 2016. This version is newly edited for your reading pleasure.
Watch for the complete unabridged audiobook to release in 2021.
PRINT BOOK INFO:
Perfect Bound / Softcover:
6.14 x 9.21 x 0.6056 (0.920 Lbs)
268 Pages (28/carton)
List Price: $15.95
“Part spiritual discussion, part magical realism, this fantasy and literary work combines the serious and the surreal with excellent balance. Author Hope Silver develops characters with a seamless fluidity alongside the plot, never pausing to delve into too much conceptual explanation or backstory, which allows us to get to know Peace, Lera and the rest of the cast as you would get to know new friends. The concept of souls choosing where to be born is an interesting and heartfelt journey that is well told, with many ups and downs and issues that will keep you questioning long after you finish the actual novel. The prose too is elegantly formed to paint ethereal images of the pre-existence of souls, compared to the earthy qualities of the human form as it walks the planet. Overall, Born: Against All Odds is a dramatic, uplifting and thought-provoking piece of literature that anyone can enjoy.”
“This book will satiate your appetite for magical realism. It can also serve as an ideal substitute when kids ask where babies come from. Rather than talking about storks as door to door couriers of newborns, the virtue of waiting and choosing a deserving parent has a more heartwarming touch to it. Hope Silver has created an unconventional story that addresses the riddles of ontology on a spiritual level and does not leave any room for doubts. It makes us feel better after reading the last page.”
“The author has exercised her imagination in the most fascinating way possible. It made me wonder if this is actually what happens: a soul selects a parent, and if they are aborted, they work under an angel for a while and then select another parent. The plot has the power to make its readers think about relationships, guardian angels, and abortion. The best part is that the author, Hope Silver, has presented a non-judgmental viewpoint of the very controversial topic of abortion. Born - Against All Odds takes you on a journey of Lera’s relationships, her friends’ lives, Peace’s immense love for Lera, and the guardian angel’s duties and troubles. This book has a quite captivating presence, which I absolutely loved.”