by Mary Anna King

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393088618
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/22/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Anna King was born in southern New Jersey and grew up in Oklahoma City. After studying English literature at Colgate University, she moved to Los Angeles, where she lives and writes.

Table of Contents

Prologue 3

Part 1 Jersey

The Day the Music Died 9

Marigold Court 20

Scars 29

The Secondhand Washing Machine 35

Bringing Becky Back 44

Leaving Jersey 57

Part 2 Oklahoma

Reflections 75

Telling Stories 83

Discipline 93

Things You Can Tell Just by Looking 107

The Debt 118

Wake Up 131

Part 3 Found

Hammered 143

Like a Hole in My Head 161

Good Daughter 177

Rebekah Two 191

Join the Club 207

Quarter-Life Crisis 217

Requiem 233

Meeting Lesley 243

Acknowledgments 248

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Bastards: A Memoir 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this story should be read by all adopted children and their adoptive parents. It explains so much. I had a friend who was adopted and as a child of a large family I couldn't understand why she was sometimes so angry and at other times so needy. I was only 10 at the time and sometimes felt that she was mad at me but didn't know why. She once told me she was mad at me because I knew "what I was". I hope she had peace for herself eventually. Her parents loved her and still she had self identity.
room145teacher More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down. Reading it again. Amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to read this one; however, I made myself stick with it just to see how it turned out. Dysfunctional parents having baby after baby and giving them up for adoption, as well as sending the three they kept to be raised by the grandparents. Mary Anne King had a distracted and emotionally detached life. It is not a boring or bad book...just mediocre.