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I Wish for You a Beautiful Life: Letters from the Korean Birth Mothers of Ae Ran Won to Their
by Sara Dorow
Like all of us, birth mothers have stories to tell. Unfortunately, the stories of birth mothers in non-Western societies are sometimes inaccessible, ignored, or misunderstood
Hardcover, 135 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Yeong & Yeong Book Company
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This is a touching collection of letters written by unwed Korean women who gave their babies a chance at a better life through adoption. If anyone who was adopted ever wonders how their birth mothers could give them up, this would be an excellent book to read. It is agonizing for the mothers to know they will not see their children grow and to think that their children may believe they didn't love them. I've always believed that placing a baby for adoption is the act of an unselfish woman. This ...more
This was a great read for research on the thoughts of birth mothers who chose to give up their babies for international adoption. It's not a long book, but most people choosing to read it will probably be doing so for some specific purpose and so give yourself extra time to read through and digest each short letter. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as a book an adopted parent gives his or her child unless you want to read it together. Even if you think you're ready for a discussion of poten ...more
This book was recommended reading from our adoption agency, and I am so glad it was one of the first books I read while we were in the adoption process. We know very little about our son's birth mom (and even less about his birth father), so reading these published letters gave me some insight into what Chris's birth mom may have been feeling as she made Chris's adoption plan. In some ways it was a difficult book to read--the emotions in some letters are not sugar coated--the mothers are raw, pa ...more
This book brings me to tears every time I read the letters from birth mothers (to their children) who felt they had no choice but to place their Korean babies for adoption. It demonstrates the heartache they go through and love they have for their children. My daughter, adopted from Korea, is still too young for this book but we will share it with her when she is old enough to understand and process the depth of these shared experiences. I highly recommend this for any adoptive parent whose chil ...more