An Adoption Memoir

Book - 2010
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This gripping memoir details an ordinary American woman's quest to adopt a baby girl from Guatemala in the face of overwhelming adversity. At only 32 years old, Jessica O'Dwyer experiences early menopause, seemingly ending her chances of becoming a mother. Years later, married but childless, she comes across a photo of a two-month-old girl on a Guatemalan adoption website - and feels an instant connection. From the get-go, Jessica and her husband face numerous and maddening obstacles.After a year of tireless efforts, Jessica finds herself abandoned by her adoption agency; undaunted, she quits her job and moves to Antigua so she can bring her little girl to live with her and wrap up the adoption, no matter what the cost. Eventually, after months of disappointments, she finesses her way through the thorny adoption process and is finally able to bring her new daughter home. Mamalita is as much a story about the bond between a mother and child as it is about the lengths adoptive parents go to in their quest to bring their children home. At turns harrowing, heartbreaking, and inspiring, this is a classic story of the triumph of a mother's love over almost insurmountable odds.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Seal Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2010.
ISBN: 9781580053341
Branch Call Number: BIO ODWYER J. ODwyer 10/2010
Characteristics: 310 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm.


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Jul 08, 2011

Another simply fascinating, true story of a couples trials and tribulations of choosing to adopt internationally (from Guatemala) and what they went through to finally bring their daughter home. A MUST read for anyone looking at international adoptions. Couldn't put it down.


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