Synopses & Reviews
is Jennifer Lauck's sequel to her New York Times
bestseller Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found
. More than one woman's search for her biological parents, Found
is a story of loss, adjustment, and survival. Lauck's investigation into her own troubled past leads her to research that shows the profound trauma undergone by infants when they're separated from their birth mothers — a finding that provides a framework for her writing as well as her life.
Though Lauck's story is centered around her search for her birth mother, it's also about her quest to overcome her displacement, her desire to please and fit in, and her lack of a sense of self — all issues she attributes to having been adopted, and also to having lost her adoptive parents at the early age of nine. Throughout her thirties and early forties, she tries to overcome her struggles by becoming a mother and by pursuing a spiritual path she hopes will lead to wholeness, but she discovers that the elusive peace she has been seeking can only come through investigating — and coming to terms with — her past.
Found is a powerful story of belonging, connectedness, and personal truths, in which Lauck lays bare the experience of a woman searching for her identity. Her assertions about mother and child will be a comfort to some in the adoptive community, and distressing to others; but her primary motive is to offer another perspective, and to give voice to the adoptive children who may be having trouble making sense of their own experience.
"Expanding on her previous titles (Blackbird; Still Waters), in which she related the traumatizing experiences of being adopted twice before reaching her teen years, Lauck begins her story a decade later. After years of therapy, Buddhist practice, her brother's suicide, two failed marriages and motherhood, she rejects her old vision of comparing the past to 'radioactive waste' that must be buried. Despite early indifference to finding her birth mother, Lauck comes to see the woman as key to releasing deep pain, sadness, and rage. Lauck's spare narrative concentrates on emotion, occasionally expanded with clinical explanations of mother-child bonding and Buddhist perspectives on inner growth. But she shines when she allows the abandoned child to peek out. Lauck searches out her birth mother and finds her deceased birth father's family, completes the circle, then moves on. People who have struggled for a sense of belonging or with anger and grief will find wisdom, comfort, and guidance in Lauck's discoveries. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
I just finished Found, and I'm speechless. The child from Blackbird has grown up into an enormously wise, insightful, and honest woman. But that's all I'm saying. You'll want to discover the rest for yourself.”
Hope Edelman, author of The Possibility of Everything and Motherless Daughters
Found is a powerful story about the most primal love and loss. In prose that is as clear-eyed as it is beautiful, riveting as it is wise, Lauck shattered my heart and then put it back together again. I'll never forget this book.”
Cheryl Strayed, author of Torch
There are many ways of losing and being lost, and many ways of finding and being found. Jennifer Lauck has experienced most of them, and in Found we share Laucks heroic and spiritual journey as a displaced child who has lost both her birth and adoptive mothers and suffers from a series of abusive would-be mothers. She weaves a story of finding herself by becoming a mother and forgiving those who failed her.”
Betty Jean Lifton, author of Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience
Lauck provides an articulate voice for the questions and complexities that so often come up for adoptees. Adopted peopleand their familieswould do well to listen.”
Adam Pertman, Executive Director, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and author of Adoption Nation
This story will resonate with anyone who has felt lossloss of family, loss of self, loss of hope. The lesson here is resilience, keeping the hope alive, and knowing that no matter how desperate things are, they will get better.”
Nancy Verrier, author of The Primal Wound and Coming Home to Self
About the Author
Jennifer Lauck has written three memoirs and a collection of essays, including the New York Times bestseller Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found. She has her MFA in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University, her BA in journalism from Montana State, and was an award winning investigative TV reporter. Lauck has studied Tibetan Buddhism for nearly ten years, is a dedicated meditation student, and has received teachings from many great masters including the H.H. Dalai Lama, Lama Adzom Rinpoche, and Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. She teaches writing in high schools for Literary Arts, conducts private seminars on her technique known as Transformative Writing, and speaks nationally on issues of adoption, motherhood, transcendence, happiness, and writing as a way to heal. She is at work on a novel and makes her home in Portland, Oregon, where she is happily married and raising her son, Spencer, and her daughter, Josephine. Learn more about Lauck, her teachings, and her writing at www.jenniferlauck.com.