Surrendered Child : A Birth Mother's Journey (Paperback)

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Surrendered Child is Karen Salyer McElmurray's raw, poignant account of her journey from the teenager who put her newborn child up for adoption to the woman desperately searching for the son she never knew. In a patchwork narrative interwoven with dark memories from her childhood, McElmurray deftly treads where few dare--into a gritty, honest exploration of the loss a birth mother experiences. The year was 1973, a time of social upheaval, even in small-town Kentucky, where McElmurray grew up. More than a story of time and place, however, this is about a girl who, at the age of sixteen, relinquished her son at birth. Twenty-five years would pass before McElmurray began sharing this part of her past with others and actively looking for the son she'd never known. McElmurray's own troubled upbringing and her quest after a now-fully-grown son are the heart of her story. With unflinching honesty, McElmurray recounts both the painful surrendering and the surprise rediscovery of her son, juxtaposed with her portrayal of her own mother, who could not provide the love she needed. The dramatic result is a story of birthright lost and found--and an exploration of the meaning of motherhood itself.

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Publisher University of Georgia Press
Mfg Part# 9780820328232
SKU 202134023
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0820328235
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0249
Publisher University of Georgia Press
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