Bastards

Bastards

A Memoir

Book - 2015
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"'A stirring, vividly told story of a young woman's quest to find the family she lost...an impressive debut'-Peter Balakian; Born into poverty in southern New Jersey and raised in a commune of single mothers, Mary Anna King watched her mother give away one of her newborn sisters every year to another family. All told, there were seven children: Mary, her older brother, and five phantom sisters. Then one day, Mary was sent away, too. Living in Oklahoma with her maternal grandfather, Mary gets a new name and a new life. But she's haunted by the past: by the baby girls she's sure will come looking for her someday, by the mother she had to leave behind, by the father who left her. Mary is a college student when her sisters start to get back in touch. With each reunion, her family becomes closer to whole again. Moving, haunting, and at times wickedly funny, Bastards is about finding one's family and oneself"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393088618
Branch Call Number: BIO KING
Characteristics: vi, 248 pages ; 22 cm

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Jenkskitten
Jul 16, 2016

Kept wondering what the title had to do with her story. Dysfunctional family and painful adoption best fits the story line

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trudat
Mar 31, 2016

A heartbreaking and eye-opening memoir. Grateful to the author and her family for sharing this story.

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readinJC
Jan 15, 2016

Moving story of this large "family" and who and what makes a family. A good read - emotional and moving memoir.

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dogrescue
Oct 02, 2015

Focus is on growing up poor and in a dysfunctional family more than adoption itself. A host of emotions pour out when reading this book. I actually cried at one point but then again I identified with the author.

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mdjamali
Jul 21, 2015

sheds light on what it must feel like to be adopted. Well written. Concise and introspective.

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