Sara Holloway: Family Wanted Stories of Adoption

What does adoption look like from the perspectives of adoptees adoptive parents and birth parents This is a great collection of essays and stories written by a rich diversity of authors from Western societies and African and Asian cultures men and women rich and poor dated and recent Some adoptive parents adoptees or birth parents will make the reader furious by their lack of compassion in the case of birth parents forcing their adopted children to adopt a culture much different than their own or foresight in the case of teenagers failing to use contraceptives These stories reveal that among the intimate exchanges in the triad of characters there is not one path an adoptee adopted parent or birth parents take This is a collection of personal essays on adoption and full disclosure I am one of the authors But that s not why I m recommending the book Also included are Tama Janowitz Jeanette Winterson Daniel Menaker AM Homes Matthew Engel Bernard Cornwell and other great writers each of whom as a poignant story to tell The essays are arranged in three sections by writers who were adopted who gave up a child for adoption and who became adoptive parents Some of the stories are almost unbearably sad others joyful but all speak to. Personal essays by Meg Bortin • Sarah Cameron • Dan Chaon • Dominic Collier • Bernard Cornwell • Robert Dessaix • Matthew Engel • Paula Fox • A M Homes • Tama Janowitz • Lynn Lauber • Carol Lefevre • Daniel Menaker • Priscilla T Nagle • Sandra Newman • Mirabel Osler • Emily Prager • Jonathan Rendall • Martin Rowson • Abigail Rubin • Lise Saffran • Lindsay Sagnette • Hannah wa Muigai • Jeanette Winterson • Mark WormaldAdoption until recently a Court the Night (Blood Bonds, hidden subjectas become an open field of psychological study po.

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Roup the author picked the wrong people for the adopted children section I didn t like them didn t like their stories and couldn t connect with their issuesPerhaps the fact that the author Greed, Seeds and Slavery herselfas no personal connection to adoption played a part in the stories she selected As a result I think she used a somewhat flawed process to select writers for the book or to select which stories to include I think she picked people who are good writers but not necessarily people who Demons, Deliverance, Discernment have a good story to tell that others can learn fromAlso many of the authors are British and perhaps that made them seem a bit cold to me Their communication style seemed difficult to connect with This was an interesting read well balanced with stories from people whoad been adopted parents of adopted children and mothers who put their babies up for adoption Dominic Collier s story sticks in my mind particularly I liked this collection While not all of the stories are great I didn t like the style of some of them and one wasn t well written they all seemed onest Heartfelt I cried through some of them and I laughed a few times too It was a fine book but it wasn t what I was looking for This is a painful but important book for adoptive families to rea. Who recounts being impregnated as a teenager by an older lover–whom she then found in bed with another man; Tama Janowitz who to er comical shock learns to love the “hyperactive sweating lunatic” she adopted in China; and Daniel Menaker who as an adoptive father becomes less concerned with the cause and effect of eredity and content with “the lottery that to a large extent is everyone’s life”“Gripping Family Wanted pulls the reader through a variety of emotions Some families work others don’t This anthology does”–The Guardian Londo.

The uestion of what constitutes family in our modern world And they all point to one conclusion Love not blood is the tie that binds I esitated to give it five stars only because some of the stories were so very negative However it was still good to ear those and learn from them and there were some that were amazing to read too so five stars I ve read this previously and just picked it up again I love the voices and different viewpoints A collection of many short stories this book describes the experiences of adopted children birth parents and adoptive parentsI loved the section about adoptive parents though perhaps that s because I m an adoptive parent myself The section of stories about birth parents was OK It certainly elped me better understand the perspectives of birth parents and their If I Never See You Again (Jo Birmingham heartache but I ve read other books that do a better job achieving that goal than this oneThe thing I really disliked about the book was the collection of stories by adopted children They seemed like a very angry disconnected bunch of selfish people I think the author picked the wrong group of people to represent adoptive children If the goal was toelp readers learn about each perspective and connect with the uniue issues of each Licy debate and ethical interest Family Wanted is an Firebird honesteartwarming and A Night on the Tiles heartbreaking collection featuring important authors personally involved in all sides of adoption Here are than twenty pieces many published for the first time Among the contributors are Paula Fox an adopteeerself who meets the daughter she didn’t raise and finds she is “the first woman related to me I could speak to freely”; Bernard Cornwell adopted by a now defunct religious cult who responds by converting to “atheism and frivolity”; African author Hannah wa Muigai.

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