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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
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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)
From the Publisher
"...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
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,095,967
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Bunny Crumpacker was the author of seven books, including The Sex Life of Food. J.S. Picariello is a copywriter for ad agencies and magazines including New York, People, Parenting, and Reader's Digest.

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Jessica Lost: A Story of Birth, Adoption & The Meaning of Motherhood 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Haven't read much about the psychology of adoption and thought the authors really did a good job of painting a realistic picture from both the birth mother and daughter's sides.. very intersting, Well written.
V_Klur More than 1 year ago
The book is exactly as described...A Story of Birth, Adoption and the Meaning of Motherhood. It is extremely well-written, a real page-turner. Every sentence in this factual book is filled by emotions that most of us can associate with. I enjoyed it to the fullest and trust you will too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kinda struggled through this book. It seemed like work to read it. I just waited for her to say something nice about the woman who raised her. In the final chapters, I finally was interested in the authors' stories. I finally got it. In the end, it was worth the effort to read it. In the end I felt I finally understood Jessica/Jil and her feelings and I feel many people could identify with her. Not just adopted people but children of single parents or people who lost their parents at a young age...everyone wants to know the pieces that make up their puzzle. They want to feel whole. It was rough, I didn't like Jessica/Jil at first, but in the end I thank her for sharing her story. I think it puts thoughts and feelings in writing that many people deal with daily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a little off but ok
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It starts off kinda slow and goes back and forth from biological mom to adopted daughter. But it is a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really wonderful book! I can relate to this because I am adopted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for all mothers out there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really heartwarming book. I loved it very much. I recommend this book to romance junkies like me.
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I really enjoyed this book this is must read, especially if you are a mother!
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