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Title:
Missing mothers : a memoir
ISBN:
9781733535304
Physical Description:
241 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Six-year-old Martha's world changes abruptly when her mother dies during childbirth. First she must adjust to having no mother and then, when her father remarries, to a second mother. But she never stops missing her first mother, the mother she struggles to remember. Buoyed by marriage to her college sweetheart, she hopefully anticipates pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. Infertility leads to another shift in plans. She and her husband enter the unfamiliar landscape of interracial and intercultural adoption. They adopt an infant son, Lucas, from South Korea and a daughter, Clara, from Guatemala. Martha pledges to provide her children with the childhood she didn't have and to mother them in ways she cannot remember being mothered. But as the lives of Lucas and Clara unfurl, their individual attitudes toward maternal loss don't conform to Martha's experience or expectations. During journeys to Jeju Island off the coast of South Korea to witness her son's marriage and to Guatemala to vacation and volunteer with her daughter's Mayan ancestors, Martha begins to uncover new understandings of the ties which bind, and restrain, her complicated family. --
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