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Other People's Children

In OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN, three mothers make excruciating choices to protect their families and their dreams–choices that put them at decided odds against one another. You will root for each one of them and wonder just how far you’d go in the same situation. This riveting debut is a thoughtful exploration of love and family, and a heart-pounding page-turner you’ll find impossible to put down.

“Hoffmann’s riveting debut is a high-stakes exploration of how far people will go to protect their family…A nail-biting examination of socio-economic disparity and loyalty…[The] believable characters don’t disappoint, and [Hoffmann’s] engrossing look at fraught issues piques. This sharp tale of heartache, loss, and redemption resonates.”   — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Hoffmann’s debut is powerful…The decision [the characters] must make are gut-wrenching…The story takes turn after hairpin turn, moving into domestic suspense that will  have readers waiting with bated breath until the conclusion; even then, they’ll be left to wonder if there is more.”   — LIBRARY JOURNAL

Other People’s Children is an engrossing debut about the different ways we find our way to parenthood and to the people we are meant to be. I loved these characters and was on the edge of my seat until the last page, hoping they’d find their happy endings.”   —                      LAURA DAVE, bestselling author of Eight Hundred Grapes and The Last Thing He Told Me

Other People’s Children is a heartbreakingly dark, suspenseful exploration of the boundaries two women push to have a child. What I found most moving, however, were the tenuous relationships between the adult characters and their mothers. The story is a page-turner, but the deeper insights about family will keep you thinking about this book for a long while.”  –CARA WALL, author of The Dearly Beloved, a Today Show “Read with Jenna” book club selection


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Jeff Hoffmann was born in St. Louis (1969), the son of a high school teacher and dental hygienist. He traveled north to Bradley University for college and continued north to Chicago after he graduated. In 2000, Jeff and his wife quit their jobs, sold their belongings, and travelled internationally for a year and a half. Upon their return, they moved to the suburbs, and they adopted their son and daughter. For the next two years he was a full-time dad and a part-time writer. In 2017, he decided to pursue his MFA full-time at Columbia College Chicago. In January of 2020, a few weeks after graduation, Jeff sold his thesis, OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN to Simon & Schuster in a major deal. Jeff lives in Elmhurst with his wife and two children and writes full-time.