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Becoming Patrick: A Memoir

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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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Stephen Gallup
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Paige
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In his memoir, Becoming Patrick, adoptee and author, Patrick McMahon, delivers an eloquent and artistic account of his experience as a young adult coming to terms with being adopted and living in the shadows of the Baby-Scoop Era, where secrets and lies defined the practice of placing babies in new homes. This was an era of closed records, fear and shame for adoptive and birth parents, which in turn shed loss, sadness and a sense of incompleteness on the adopted children of the time.

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Katherine
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Well-written and insightful memoir that beautifully conveys the feelings and experience of search and reunion.
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Jan 14, 2012 marked it as to-read
Really looking forward to this adoption memoir!
Aubrey
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: made-me-cry, adoption
It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me poop a little
Claire Clifford
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. As an adoptee who has recently discovered the whereabouts of my natural mother I found this a very useful and insightful book written by someone who has already been down that path.
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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. ...more

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