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Ithaka :a daughter's memoir of being found

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Publisher Comments:

”Hello, is Sarah Saffian there?” asks the voice on the other end of the line. ”My name is Hannah Morgan. I think I’m your birth mother.” So begins this powerful memoir by a young woman whose life changes dramatically when she receives a phone call from someone at once a stranger and her most intimate relation. Saffian’s riveting story of painful self-discovery and newfound joy is unique in its reversal of the usual adoption narrative: here, the biological parents seek out the adoptee. Weaving together letters, journal entries, memories and relections, Saffian tells of her adoption, her adoptive mother’s death six years later, and her upbringing in a loving family. She learns that her biological parents ended up marrying and having other children. She is thus faced with an entire family to whom she is genetically linked. Saffian’s boldly honest account reaches a moving climax with their reunion, three years after the first phone call. Along the way, it raises thorny questions: What is a family? Can we have more than one? What is the line between parental concern and intrusion? Is it hypocritical to be a pro-choice adoptee? How do nature and nurture work together to form a person’s identity? By turns earnest and playful, Ithica: A Daughter’s Memoir of Being Found is sure to touch readers everywhere who have grappled with who they are.Sarah Saffian is a former reporter for the New York Daily News and has also written for the Village Voice, Interview, Harper’s Bazaar, and Mirabella. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from Columbia University, and lives in her native New York City.

Book News Annotation:

Another adoptee/birth parent reunion story, this time with the original parents locating the daughter they had given up. The author, a former reporter and writer with an MFA, chronicles a very personal process with finesse and tells her story with originality. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

Synopsis:

One Friday morning, twenty-three-year-old Sarah Saffian was leaving for work when the phone rang. "Sarah?" a woman's voice asked. "My name is Hannah Morgan. I think I'm your birth mother". We hear many stories about adopted children who seek out their biological mother or father, but very few about the reverse situation: birth parents who seek out their children after years of separation. In this compelling memoir, Sarah Saffian explores the emotional roller coaster of her own unique adoption reunion, from that first phone call to her first meeting with her birth parents three years later.

In touching, lyrical prose, Saffian draws on exchanged letters and her own journal to unveil a powerful story: the loss of her adoptive mother to cancer when she was only six; being raised by a loving adoptive father and stepmother; and the sudden reappearance of her birth mother and father.

Along the way Saffian probes important and universal issues: family and identity, love and abandonment, adoption and parenthood. What is a family? she asks. What are the lines between parental concern, control, and intrusion? How do we define this new kind of relationship? She finishes on a highly dramatic note: the emotionally charged reunion with her birth parents.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465036189
Subtitle:
A Daughter's Memoir Of Being Found
Author:
Saffian, Sarah
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Specific Groups
Subject:
Adoption
Subject:
Adoptees
Subject:
Birthparents
Subject:
Birthparents -- United States -- Identification.
Subject:
Women's Studies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Publication Date:
19981105
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.56x5.90x1.20 in. 1.12 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Basic Books,c1998. - English 9780465036189 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , One Friday morning, twenty-three-year-old Sarah Saffian was leaving for work when the phone rang. "Sarah?" a woman's voice asked. "My name is Hannah Morgan. I think I'm your birth mother". We hear many stories about adopted children who seek out their biological mother or father, but very few about the reverse situation: birth parents who seek out their children after years of separation. In this compelling memoir, Sarah Saffian explores the emotional roller coaster of her own unique adoption reunion, from that first phone call to her first meeting with her birth parents three years later.

In touching, lyrical prose, Saffian draws on exchanged letters and her own journal to unveil a powerful story: the loss of her adoptive mother to cancer when she was only six; being raised by a loving adoptive father and stepmother; and the sudden reappearance of her birth mother and father.

Along the way Saffian probes important and universal issues: family and identity, love and abandonment, adoption and parenthood. What is a family? she asks. What are the lines between parental concern, control, and intrusion? How do we define this new kind of relationship? She finishes on a highly dramatic note: the emotionally charged reunion with her birth parents.

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