Without a Map: A Memoir
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Without a Map: A Memoir

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by Meredith Hall
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807072745

ISBN-13: 9780807072745

Pub. Date: 04/15/2008

Publisher: Beacon Press

Meredith Hall's moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving her baby up for adoption, Hall wanders recklessly

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Meredith Hall's moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving her baby up for adoption, Hall wanders recklessly through the Middle East, where she survives by selling her possessions and finally her blood. She returns to New England and stitches together a life that encircles her silenced and invisible grief. When he is twenty-one, her lost son finds her. Hall learns that he grew up in gritty poverty with an abusive father—in her own father's hometown. Their reunion is tender, turbulent, and ultimately redemptive. Hall's parents never ask for her forgiveness, yet as they age, she offers them her love. What sets Without a Map apart is the way in which loss and betrayal evolve into compassion, and compassion into wisdom.

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ISBN-13:
9780807072745
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Edition description:
None
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
742,673
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue: Shunned....................ix
Chapter One: The Lonely Hunter....................1
Chapter Two: Waiting....................15
Chapter Three: Stronghold....................33
Chapter Four: The Uprising....................47
Chapter Five: Again....................65
Chapter Six: Drawing the Line....................77
Chapter Seven: Without a Map....................97
Chapter Eight: A River of Light....................117
Chapter Nine: Double Vision....................121
Chapter Ten: Killing Chickens....................141
Chapter Eleven: Threshold....................147
Chapter Twelve: Propitiation....................151
Chapter Thirteen: Chimeras....................163
Chapter Fourteen: Reckonings....................183
Chapter Fifteen: The River of Forgetting....................195
Chapter Sixteen: Sojourn....................203
Chapter Seventeen: Outport Shadows....................209

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Without a Map: A Memoir 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
curlysuzieq More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have EVER read! Unbelievable story of survival and emotional turmoil around. I read this book in a very short amount of time because I just could not put it down! This book is not only absorbing but inspirational!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I took a class from Prof Hall at University of New Hampshire. I enjoyed the class so much that I decided to pick up her book at the library. It was a fantastic read and I feel very grateful to have been taught by such a raw and captivating writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because like the author I am a birth mom. I found the book way too confusing as it bounced back and forth from child to adult to teen to child to adult etc. I even found a few chapters disturbing. I understand the pain behind her actions but some were just WAY too out there and bizarre. I would not recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I was reading this book, I would glance to see how many pages I had left as I didn't want it to end! The writing style made me feel and walk with the author through her life and made me examine myself and relationships in my life. I love this book.
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lescolb More than 1 year ago
As a contemporary of Ms Hall, I remember the stretching and straining of mores with "girls in trouble". In more cosmopolitan NJ, girls were choosing to not be forced into marriage and still keeping their babies. Entering University of NH in the Fall of 1967, I found NH a much more insular - pizza was much too ethnic a food for this college town - so the shame and guilt visited upon her seem so genuine - The tone of the story reinforces the difficulty in the telling. It must have been such a difficult story to write. A great reference for our daughters and granddaughters to understand the social strictures and blatant double standard of the 1960s. Thank you for your courage
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a teen age girl in the 1960's who becomes pregnant & is ostracized by her family. The book describes what happens to her over the next 30 or so years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know what that previous reader was talking about not believing the author, saying they grew up at the same time in the same place and remembers it differently. I think that's a matter of perspective and maybe he or she lived their lives , differently and didn't follow the same people or were just out of touch. I grew up in Hampton , raised children in Hampton and hung out at Hampton beach. I remember it and her descriptions are right on. Not to mention that I also reside in epping NH and its just wonderful to read a book that describes the towns and environment , that you can related to literally. It makes this book take on a vivid life. It breaths. It is true how pregnancy was considered tabu with a young girl and a one night stand so to speak, its true that your schools and churches and friends seem to validate the shame more than the unconditional love. Especially in 1965. So for some who think she made it up? How about just giving the benefit of the doubt. I would bet that the same 10 people could live in one town, have similar memories but have different perspectives. Thanks you Meredith.