by Marylee MacDonald


by Marylee MacDonald



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Her young life changed in an instant. Now she shares her story with the child she gave away.


Adopted at birth, Marylee's parents told her she was a "chosen child." She tried her hardest to be a model daughter, but divorce sent her into the comforting arms of a handsome Catholic boy.


He was Romeo, and she was a modern-day Juliet. Starry-eyed, she surrendered to passion. Unfortunately, it was 1961. Pregnant girls were sent away and their babies given up for adoption.


Nature vs. nurture: Which plays a greater role in who we become? The family we were raised in, or the parents we never knew?


In telling her adult son the story of his birth, can the narrator find compassion for her own wounded inner child?


If you like truthful accounts laced with the passion of youth and the wisdom of age, read Marylee MacDonald's funny and poignant memoir about how we grow up, grow old, and learn to accept ourselves.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940164660598
Publisher: Grand Canyon Press
Publication date: 11/19/2020
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 328,693
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Marylee MacDonald is the author of Bonds of Love & Blood, Montpelier Tomorrow, and The Rug Bazaar. She has taught at the Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, and been Writer-in-Residence for the City of Mesa Public Library.

Her fiction has won the Barry Hannah Prize, the ALR Fiction Award, the Ron Rash Award, the Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award, the Matt Clark Prize, a Gold Medal for Drama from the Readers’ Favorites International Book Awards, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Fiction. Her work has appeared in the American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Blue Moon Literary & Art Review, Broad River Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Folio, Four Quarters, NEW SUN RISING: Stories for Japan, North Atlantic Review, Raven Chronicles, Reunion, River Oak Review, ROLL, Ruminate, StoryQuarterly, Superstition Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Yalobusha Review, and others. She lives in Tempe, AZ.

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