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Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir Paperback – October 19, 2010
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A scathing critique on a foreign adoption system and the harrowing account of one woman’s attempt to fight it.
—Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2010
On one level, Mamalita is the story of a woman's fight to bring home her Guatemalan-born daughter, in the face of huge obstacles. But Jessica O'Dwyer has written more than an adoption story. Her book explores the nature of parenthoodthe fierce love and loyalty that makes it possible for us to do more than we ever knew we were capable of, inspired by the presence of more love than we knew we had to give. It's a terrific adventure story with an unlikely heroine who discovers, through her fight for her child, that she is stronger and braver than she ever knew. I was rooting for her all the way through to the book's gripping and deeply moving ending.”
Joyce Maynard, author of Labor Day, At Home in the World, To Die For
More About the Author
Jessica grew up at the Jersey shore, the daughter of a high-school shop teacher and former Radio City Music Hall Rockette. She now lives with her husband and children in Northern California. Learn more at http://www.jessicaodwyer.com
Top Customer Reviews
But I found myself transported by much more -- by a telling story of fierce maternal love; a portrait of a country I have long been interested in, especially after learning more about it through the lens of Costa Rica, where I recently spent several months; and an expose of a cruel, heartbreaking system -- international adoption. This book is a must read for people with an interest in any of the above, and for people simply looking for a wonderful, human story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Totally gripping . It was a feast for my mind. And the writing is spot on. Thank you for sharing your lives.Published 1 month ago by A. Young
Was a gift for mom in law who adopted her last child from Guatemala. IT was the perfect gift. She really enjoyed it.Published 6 months ago by Megan Wagner
Great book! I related to so much. I live in Honduras now and plan to get to Antigua, Guatemala, next year. Read morePublished 22 months ago by JILL
This was a good read, one that had me appreciate so many things including how lucky I am to have raised my own children, here in the US. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Steve
I am an adoptive mom of two lovely girls from Guatemala. So this story was intriguing to me. I am saddened to learn of the many hoops adoptive parents must now jump through (well... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joann Donahue
This book has been on my "to read" list for two years. What a journey... it reaffirms many thoughts I've had about the process. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Jaime Salas
In Mamalita, Jessica reveals just how deep one must go into one's self to find the inner resources of strength one needs to survive an adoption journey. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by S. A. Smith
We adopted our thirteen month old son from Guatemala in 2008.
Our experience, frustrating and heart-breaking at the time, was pale in comparison. Read more