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Author McElmurray, Karen Salyer, 1956-
Title Surrendered child : a birth mother's journey / Karen Salyer McElmurray.
Imprint Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, 2004.

Author McElmurray, Karen Salyer, 1956-
Subject McElmurray, Karen Salyer, 1956-
Birthmothers -- Kentucky -- Biography.
Adoptees -- Kentucky -- Identification -- Case studies.
Adoption -- Kentucky -- Case studies.
Description 1 online resource (249 pages) : illustrations
Note Print version record.
Contents Cover -- Contents -- CHAPTER ONE: Birth Day -- CHAPTER TWO: Mother, Come at Night -- CHAPTER THREE: Hunger -- CHAPTER FOUR: Flight -- CHAPTER FIVE: Sacred Heart -- CHAPTER SIX: Frozen Niagara -- CHAPTER SEVEN: What We Remember and What We Forget -- CHAPTER EIGHT: Lovers -- CHAPTER NINE: Maria Milagrosa -- CHAPTER TEN: A Gift, Freely Bestowed -- Afterword -- Acknowledgments.
Summary Annotation Surrendered Childis Karen Salyer McElmurray's raw, poignant account of her journey from her teen years, when she put her newborn child up for adoption, to adulthood and a desperate search 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 her son. 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.
ISBN 9780820342849 (electronic bk.)
082034284X (electronic bk.)
082032681X (hardcover ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 759160187
Additional Format Print version: McElmurray, Karen Salyer, 1956- Surrendered child. Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, 2004 (DLC) 2001024090

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