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Giving Away Simone

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  42 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Giving Away Simone is Jan Waldron's account of her compelling, turbulent, and maddeningly original relationship with the daughter she gave away. Jan's baby, Simone, was the fifth generation of women in her family to be abandoned by their mothers. Determined to fight this "undertow of conditioned exiting, an affliction of easy farewell," Jan reunited with her daughter, now ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published March 10th 1998 by Crown (first published January 24th 1995)
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Mar 10, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it
I didn't know if I was going to enjoy reading this book. the author is very anti-religion and she talked somewhat negatively about adoption in the beginning of the book so I thought she might also be pro-abortion and i wasn't sure I could handle that in a book.
But I am so so glad I read! This book is honest, real and raw about the unnaturalness and complications of adoption. It raises some wonderful points of how culture needs to change in this area and that it's not just all nice and happy for
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May 02, 2012 Gayle Swift rated it it was amazing
This is an exceptional book both in terms of content as well as the emotions shared. Written by Jan L. Waldron, editor of the magazine NEW HAMPSHIRE PROFILES, it deals honestly with the reality of a birthmother's life before and after she places her daughter for adoption. Jan is the fifth generation of women in her family to surrender a child for adoption. She struggles to parse the forces that drive this disfunctional heritage.

Harsh realities of immaturity-she was only 17 when Simone was born--
Jun 15, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
This was a down to earth, from the heart story of a mother's experience of giving up her daughter for adoption. She had little experience in how to mother, or how to live her life.
Mar 25, 2008 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The complexities of race, family history, adoption issues, and mother daughter relations come together in this short memoir. The author gave her daughter up for adoption in 1969 and initiates contact with her 11 years later. Ms. Waldron writes AMA ZINGLY well, I had a hard time putting it down. I am fascinated by the subject of adoption, and this is one of the first books I’ve read on the subject of domestic biracial adoption. I was not disappointed.
Jan 28, 2009 Jaylia3 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story about several generations of adoption and nature vs. nurture.
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Oct 11, 2010 Anne Mclaughlin rated it it was amazing
Written by a high school classmate of mine - very moving...
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