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Philomena's son, renamed Michael Hess, grew up to be a top lawyer and then a Republican politician in the first Bush administration. But he was also gay and in 1980s Washington being out and proud was not an option. He not only had to conceal not only his sexuality, but, eventually, the fact that he had AIDs. With little time left, he returned to Ireland and the convent in which he was born to plead with the nuns to tell him who his mother was, so that he might see her before he died. They refused.
The Lost Child of Philomena Lee is the story of a mother and a son, whose lives were blighted by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. A compelling narrative of human love and loss, Martin Sixsmith's moving account is both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive.
Posted April 15, 2014
Posted May 30, 2014
Saw the movie "Philomena." This book, on which the movie is based, is really about her son. It contains so much more than the movie, which is only the mother's story and that is a small part of the whole story. This tells about the political and religious situation in Ireland at the time regarding babies of unwed mothers. It tells about her son's situation being dropped into a new family in a new culture at a time when they didn't know how to help these kids. It tells about his life as a gay man working in the republican political life of the country, in the Reagan administration. It tells about his lifelong desire and efforts to find his mother, which were thwarted. It is a fascinating story from a whole different point of view and I recommend it highly!
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Posted June 4, 2014
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