The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades before Roe v Wade by Ann Fessler
This is one of the books that should be made compulsory reading for anyone who’s able to procreate.
I am at chapter 4, and naively hoping to come across interview subjects from the opposite gender. I know it’s likely impossible, but it would be nice to hear from them. How they felt after their girlfriend were disappeared, what they took and carried with them to the Marine Corps – and some, the Vietnam War – after their families told them they are never to marry the girl they impregnated and love, how they felt all these decades knowing they have a daughter or a son out there.
But I know it’s not gonna happen. I’ll make do with the women’s testimonials. It’s tragic enough.
I loved this book. There were many pages where I cried. Her mother’s perseverance, their life in the woods, on the streets. How she was put into an orphanage by her mother and how her mother was deceived. The whole nine yards – I’m not going to write them all. That’s the problem with trying to write a post months after reading the book… You just don’t have anything smart, useful, or insightful to say.
Read it. Appreciate your family, appreciate what you have. Appreciate who you are. Do whatever you want. Just don’t do evil.