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Family Wanted: Stories of Adoption

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Personal essays by Meg Bortin • Sarah Cameron • Dan Chaon • Dominic Collier • Bernard Cornwell • Robert Dessaix • Matthew Engel • Paula Fox • A. M. Homes • Tama Janowitz • Lynn Lauber • Carol Lefevre • Daniel Menaker • Priscilla T. Nagle • Sandra Newman • Mirabel Osler • Emily Prager • Jonathan Rendall • Martin Rowson • Abigail Rubin • Lise Saffran • Lindsay Sagnette • Han ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Meg Bortin
This is a collection of personal essays on adoption and -- full disclosure -- I am one of the authors. But that's not why I'm recommending the book. Also included are Tama Janowitz, Jeanette Winterson, Daniel Menaker, A.M. Homes, Matthew Engel, Bernard Cornwell and other great writers, each of whom has a poignant story to tell. The essays are arranged in three sections -- by writers who were adopted, who gave up a child for adoption, and who became adoptive parents. Some of the stories are almos ...more
A collection of many short stories, this book describes the experiences of adopted children, birth parents, and adoptive parents.

I loved the section about adoptive parents, though perhaps that's because I'm an adoptive parent myself. The section of stories about birth parents was OK. It certainly helped me better understand the perspectives of birth parents and their heartache, but I've read other books that do a better job achieving that goal than this one.

The thing I really disliked about the
I liked this collection. While not all of the stories are great (I didn't like the style of some of them, and one wasn't well-written), they all seemed honest. Heartfelt. I cried through some of them and I laughed a few times too.
I hesitated to give it five stars only because some of the stories were so very negative. However, it was still good to hear those and learn from them, and there were some that were amazing to read too... so five stars.
I've read this previously and just picked it up again. I love the voices and different viewpoints.
This is a painful but important book for adoptive families to read.
It was a fine book, but it wasn't what I was looking for.
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