Synopses & Reviews
New York Times Bestseller
The heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years
When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a and#147;fallen woman.and#8221; Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Philomenaand#8217;s son was trying to find her. Renamed Michael Hess, he had become a leading lawyer in the first Bush administration, and he struggled to hide secrets that would jeopardize his career in the Republican Party and endanger his quest to find his mother.
A gripping exposand#233; told with novelistic intrigue, Philomena pulls back the curtain on the role of the Catholic Church in forced adoptions and on the love between a mother and son who endured a lifelong separation.
About the Author
Martin Sixsmith is a journalist and the author of several fiction and nonfiction books. From 1980 to 1997 he worked as the BBC's correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels, and Warsaw, and from 1997 to 2002 as director of communications for the British government. He lives in London.