- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781468598148
- ISBN-13: 978-1468598148
- ASIN: 1468598147
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,885,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Goodbye Baby: Adoptee Diaries Hardcover – July 5, 2012
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The book’s subtitle is A Diary about Adoption, and while only a tiny proportion of the entries actually mention adoption issues, clearly Elaine’s life had been greatly shaped by the events of her adoption which occurred at the age of five. Eventually, Elaine re-read her diary, and by doing so was able to begin a healing process from the “bruises of adoption.”
Today Elaine is a very self-aware, spiritual, and quite “centered” woman. Sharing her diaries with the world is a generous and courageous act. As an adoptive mother, I found them to be eye-opening.
Most of us think of childhood adoption as the perfect solution to finding homes for the numerous babies born to single mothers, or those left without parents or relatives because of some disaster. Elaine Pinkerton leads us gently into the world of that parentless child who has been traumatized by the loss of a birth home and drawn into a world of strangers who have chosen to be their parents. The truth is that many adoptive parents do so in order to fulfill their own need to be parent, assuming the child will be forever grateful for their largesse. The Goodbye Baby gives us the full story of how difficult it is for the once rejected child to overcome the psychological damage caused by trying to mold oneself into the various images of a person she thinks she must become in order to fulfill the adoptive parents' needs. In the process, she becomes "nobody." Pinkerton's diary of such a child is eye-opening and an intriguing read. In The Goodbye Baby, she uses her diary entries from 1956 through 2009 to show that looking back over one's life opens the possibility of transcending the damage and for moving on to happiness.