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China Ghosts: My Daughter's Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood Paperback – June 24, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
If you are considering adoption, know that not all China adoptions are like this one, and yet, all China adoptions will have some, if not most, of the feelings, thoughts and issues one will deal with as Jeff documented. If you've been there done that - you will find yourself in this book. And if you just want to know more about China adoptions, I would recommend this book as a must read.
This is an incredibly moving book and is impossible to put down. China Ghosts will leave you touched and inspired.
I've seen the same things that Jeff talks about, and a lot more. His portrayal of Chinese society, the reasons that Chinese parents are abandoning their children, and why they're committing infanticide, and his vivid descriptions of the adoption process (which I've personally witnessed), is very good.
I highly recommend this book to anyone before they adopt a child from China, so they know what to expect. Moreover, I strongly encourage adopting children anywhere in the world, no matter where they hail from.
I have finally found an adoptive parent who put into words exactly how I've felt since I adopted my daughter 2 years ago. Thank you Jeff!
Then he spent rest of the book in a self-spiral pity party of his own guilt and angst. He whines and whines about how guilty he felt that he wasn't there for his daughter during her first 2 years when she needed him the most and he was obsessing over infertility treatments instead of going to her. What he fails to realize is that Chinese adoption is a methodical process and if he didn't waste time with infertility treatments, he would not have been matched with the same daughter, a daughter he describes as a "perfect" match for his family.
He whines about the "culture shock" of returning to America after being in China. For a news reporter (and someone who has traveled out of the country before), he seems to be short-sighted.
In the end, I want to grab him by the shoulders and shake him yelling "Don't be such a drama queen and so melodramatic! You have your daughter. She has her past. Be there for her NOW. Stop sulking. Let the dark days behind you or you;ll bring her down too."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The truly beautiful story of a man who did not want kids and then his long and anxious introduction into adoption and parenthood, details that they don't describe when you adopt... Read morePublished 14 months ago by looeezah
I finished this book in just two sittings. Perhaps what struck me most about this book is the incredible vulnerability with which Jeff Gammage writes. Read morePublished 21 months ago by lenkajekaterina
I found this book in a thrift store and was mildly interested in the topic as a friend's brother adopted girls from China. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lucy M.
I just finished reading China Ghosts: My Daughter's Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood and I'm softened. Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by Melissa
China Ghosts is a landmark story with enduring social qualities expected to remain culturally relevant for many decades. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Judith Land
We had the honor of meeting Jeff while we were waiting to travel to China to meet our daughter; great guy. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by D, Sanatoga, PA
I read the book in just a few hours...I couldn't put it down. As someone who is considering adopting from China, I appreciated the honesty and detail the author shared.Published on November 10, 2009 by DaniBgz