The Road To Cali

The Road To Cali

by Corinne Chateau
     
 

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"I didn't know if I could be a mother. I wasn't sure if I even wanted to be a mother. Nothing in my upbringing seemed to support motherhood."

So begins Corinne Chateau's odyssey to claim the mother in herself and embark upon an unexpected journey that will lead her to a child in the distant Republic of Georgia.

The Road to Cali is about not giving up. It is the

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"I didn't know if I could be a mother. I wasn't sure if I even wanted to be a mother. Nothing in my upbringing seemed to support motherhood."

So begins Corinne Chateau's odyssey to claim the mother in herself and embark upon an unexpected journey that will lead her to a child in the distant Republic of Georgia.

The Road to Cali is about not giving up. It is the story of a rescue--of both a child and oneself.

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Kirkus Discoveries
A couple's decision to adopt turns into a heart-wrenching struggle to rescue a child from the confines of a cold Eastern European orphanage.
With daily diary entries, Chateau escorts readers through the labyrinth-like process of foreign adoption, from the motivations that inspired her decision to her ultimate journey home with a child. Chateau and her husband Brian were actors in New York who encountered fertility problems during their cursory attempts to have children. Several chance encounters left Chateau fixated on adopting. The author, once reconciled to
the idea of motherhood, needed to come to terms with the notion of casting one's lot, and finances, with complete strangers at an adoption agency. This proved to be no easy task, but it paled in comparison with what followed. Chateau chronicles the emotionally exhausting efforts she and her husband experienced once they met and fell in love with a Georgian infant, Kali, whose name was later changed to the titular Cali. His adoption depended upon a host of ever-changing and draconian protocols and paperwork in the Republic of Georgia, recounted by the author with mind-bending and heartbreaking clarity. Through the author's research and travels, readers are awarded a richly textured glimpse of the history and culture of the country, specifically the town of Tbilisi; tales of the generosity and altruism of its inhabitants are particularly stirring. More than
a decade has passed since Chateau's experience, but her intimate journal so poignantly conveys the wide range of emotions incurred during the adoption process only the most aloof of readers would be able to resist tears. Her prose, however, is sometimes marred by a nearreligious attention to detail, much of which could be spared at no expense to the narrative (such as descriptions of her trips to the hospital bathroom).
A winning, emotional journey that will satisfy readers' maternal instincts.

Copyright 2008 Kirkus Discoveries

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781425784768
Publisher:
Xlibris Corporation
Publication date:
05/15/2009
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Anita Naughton
"Chateau is a powerful and evocative writer, and whether she's standing on a deserted mountaintop in Georgia, or on a New York stage reciting her lines, she writes with such compassion and honesty, that her journey ultimately becomes our own."--(Anita Naughton, author of Tea and Sympathy, Penguin)
Peter Godwin
"Heart wrenching and spiritually uplifting, The Journey to Cali is a profoundly moving odyssey. It's a book about compassion, courage and determination in the face of great odds. It's about love, and the epiphany of parenthood."--(Peter Godwin, author of When A Crocodile Eats The Sun, Little Brown)
Norris Church Mailer
"If you are thinking of adopting a child from another country, you should read Corinne Chateau's story. You will, by turns, weep and cheer for her and her husband, Brian, in their quest to find and bring Cali home. In fact, you should read The Road to Cali even if you aren't thinking of adopting. It's a great story. "--(Norris Church Mailer, author of Cheap Diamonds, Random House)
Norma Doft
"The Road to Cali is one woman's story of the excruciating and super-heroic efforts of adopting a child from a distant country. This excellent book is also about the common anxiety shared by many women as to whether they have received enough as children--to give enough to their own children."--(Norma Doft, PhD, author of When Your Child Needs Help, Random House)

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