Jessica Lost: A Story of Birth, Adoption & The Meaning of Motherhood

Jessica Lost: A Story of Birth, Adoption & The Meaning of Motherhood

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by Bunny Crumpacker, Jil Picariello
     
 

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A mother and her child, lost and then found again after four decades: this extraordinary story of love, loss, and reunion is told in alternating voices by the two women, each relating her own powerful experience.
For the mother, it's the tale of an unhappy marriage followed by betrayal, a pregnancy of uncertain paternity, and the heartrending decision… See more details below

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A mother and her child, lost and then found again after four decades: this extraordinary story of love, loss, and reunion is told in alternating voices by the two women, each relating her own powerful experience.
For the mother, it's the tale of an unhappy marriage followed by betrayal, a pregnancy of uncertain paternity, and the heartrending decision to give up her newborn. The daughter's search begins 40 years later, as she slowly, painstakingly, stitches together her story.
These intertwined tales give us two unforgettable points of view of a remarkable journey-and of the multiple meanings of motherhood.

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Publishers Weekly
Told in alternating voices, Crumpacker and Picariello's memoir looks at the adoption process from two distinct perspectives: the mother who decides to put her child up for adoption and the daughter being put up for adoption. Chapters deal effectively and honestly with issues such as abandonment, identity, and forgiveness. In 1954, Crumpacker (The Sex Life of Food) became pregnant with a baby girl who she gave up for adoption four days after birth only to be reunited more than four decades later. Crumpacker talks about early strains on her first marriage and the circumstances that compelled her to give up her girl. "I didn't want to have an abortion. I wanted the baby to grow; I wanted it to be safe inside my body...I wanted this baby to have what I couldn't give it." Picariello writes of her childhood "in a classic suburban split level," house, of her younger brother Kenny, who was also adopted, and of her incessant curiosity over the years about her birth parents. In compelling prose, she also describes the tumultuous relationship she had with her adoptive mother, a woman she had difficulty confiding in but whom she cared for wholeheartedly. Picariello contrasts this connection with the one she develops with her biological mother. In doing so, she contributes substantially to this evocative meditation on love and family. Photos. (May)
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"...an emotional account that is both utterly original and heartbreaking." --Parade magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402789649
Publisher:
Union Square Press
Publication date:
05/03/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
498,830
File size:
2 MB

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