Austin Wimberly is the author of Sobornost, the story of one boy’s adoption and of three Russian mothers who are forced to make heartbreaking decisions for their children. Set in Yekaterinburg, Russia in the years after the collapse of communism, Sobornost examines adoption from both the adoptive and birth parent perspectives and explores the limits of family.
“This tender, thought-provoking novel tells the story of an American couple’s adoption of a baby from Russia, and of the three birth mothers whose children cross their paths during the process…These stories are each told in the third person, sketching in the gritty, depressing details of post-Communist Russian life with knowledgeable ease. The other story is told in the first person, from the point of view of Elise, a young Catholic wife whose husband turns out to be sterile and whose intelligent, self-aware, and searching perspective tackles many of the myriad moral quandaries about international adoption and what it means to live by a Christian morality in the modern era. The subject matter gives this novel immediate emotional heft.” — Publishers Weekly
“It’s rare to find an account that details, in depth, both sides and perspectives of the adoption process – much less captures the underlying emotions and perceptions in a fictional format.
Sobornost is a cooperative journey that includes social and religious introspection as well as cultural interactions, and ultimately reveals the linked points in a world governed by a belief in God and the principle of sobornost.”– Midwest Book Review MBR Bookwatch, D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, MBR
“Lovely. As a reader I would not be able to put it down. The writing is superb. The characters interesting and well formed. The plot line intriguing. Well done.”–Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Expert Reviewer