When Pat McMahon risks the love of the mother who raised him by seeking out the mother who gave him away, he transforms from a mild-mannered engineer into a frenetic detective. After he overcomes the challenges of existential angst, bureaucratic roadblocks, and unemployment, the phone call to his first mother releases a torrent of long-buried feelings. During a sometimes turbulent long-distance unfolding, he absorbs her shocking revelations and comes out as gay once again. Their eventual reunion creates a profound bond, even as he navigates waves of conflicting emotions, merges past with present, and embarks on a new future rooted in truth and insights into the universal quest for identity and human connection. He is Becoming Patrick.
haven't read it yet, but am looking forward to it as adoption and adoptees and all those separated at birth by adoption is particularly relevant currently due to the Federal government's Forced Adoption Apology
If ever a book about a first hand experience of adoption was worth waiting for, this is it! Writing in the first person present is a stroke of genius, for it enhances the immediacy. I appreciate the authorís openness, his detailed account of the parallel quests (the interpersonal searches and the journey inside) and the reflectiveness embodied in the memoir. Ultimately, it is Patrickís acute self-awareness that is the telling factor. CONGRATULATIONS! Gary Coles (author of 'The Invisible Men of Adoption')
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