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From the Publisher"Nancy McCabe has written one of the most compelling books I've ever read. I read it on the plane, on the train, on vacation, at every opportunity till I'd gobbled it up. Here is a truthful story for every parent and child about their love, hope, and frustration with one another."—Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette
“In this heartfelt memoir, McCabe shares a touching journey as she travels to China to introduce her adopted daughter to the places and people from her past. The resulting story radiates wisdom about cross-cultural connections, while acknowledging the struggles of child-rearing. Blue Willow Bridge offers lessons in love and patience that will apply not only to mothers and fathers of adopted children, but to all parents. “—Laura Brodie, author of One Good Year: A Mother and Daughter’s Educational Adventure.
“With lyrical sensitivity and frank humor, the author of Meeting Sophie explores the myriad logistical and emotional facets of international adoption. Nancy McCabe is keenly aware of the challenge in reconciling her daughter's American and Chinese identities, as they travel to Sophie's birthplace—a journey that's less a closure than an aperture. Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge is a brave, balanced, nuanced narrative, offering a complex answer to the simple question: what is home?”—Sarah Saffian, author of Ithaka: A Daughter's Memoir of Being Found“
In prose both graceful and unsentimental, Nancy McCabe tells the story of the search for identity and the yearning for connection that is at the core of the mother-daughter relationship. As she returns to her adoptive daughter's birthplace, as she struggles with the cultural divide she sees at home, as she watches her daughter, a budding gymnast, ‘throw herself into empty space toward the high bar,’ McCabe learns both to love and to let go. This is a book for every mother, adoptive and biological, who watches her daughter with love, awe—and bated breath.”—Lauren Kessler, author of My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey through the Thicket of Adolescence