30th out of 137 books — 62 voters
Becoming Patrick: A Memoir
by Patrick James McMahon (Goodreads Author)
When Pat McMahon risks the love of the mother who raised him by seeking out the mother who gave him away, he transforms from a mild-mannered engineer into a frenetic detective. After he overcomes the challenges of existential angst, bureaucratic roadblocks, and unemployment, the phone call to his first mother releases a torrent of long-buried feelings. During a sometimes t...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published April 11th 2011 by Deep Root Press
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Because Patrick McMahon and I participated in the same critique group a few years ago, I had the good fortune of witnessing the latter stages of his book's creation. When I read it now, I can hear his voice as he read excerpts aloud to our group. At that time, my impression was that, while each sentence was well crafted, there was a tendency toward overwriting some of the scenes. But perhaps that was because the emotion in his voice added an extra dimension. It doesn't feel overwritten to me now...more
Patrick McMahon was born in Chicago at Illinois Masonic Hospital. Three days later he was handed over to a new set of parents just outside that hospital. He grew up in an adoptive family in the suburb of Downers Grove and lived high school years in Monett, Missouri. He has an engineering degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia, and a Bachelor of Music from San Francisco State University....moreMore about Patrick James McMahon...