Shelley's Reviews > The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade

The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler
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Sep 17, 10

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Read in September, 2010

This was an astoundingly painful and powerful book. The pain and shame and devastating emotional consequences that these girls went through in the 50s and 60s is unbelievable. You always hear that adoption was for the best, but not for the mothers it wasn't. The ramifications of being told and shown that they were unworthy and wrong and bad extended for decades and impacted every part of their future lives. They didn't forget and move on, and they never should have been forced to try. Adoption myths need to be addressed and dealt with, for the sakes of everyone involved.

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Rory Stop making me add to my "to read" list. It's already too long.

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