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Hole In My Heart: A Memoir and Report from the Fault Lines of Adoption by [Dusky, Lorraine]

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I felt that I was listening in to Lorraine's experiences across theyears somewhere between her heart and her skin. Dusky writes as mostpeople think.
 --Pam Hasegawa, adoptee, founder of former board member, American Adoption Congress

Dusky writes the truth, but with a gentle poetic quality whichmakes those truths easy to understand and accept. HOLE IN MY HEART isbeautiful, powerful, and painful. But most of all it is the truth.
 --Nancy Verrier, adoptive mother, psychologist, author of The Primal Wound and Coming Home to Self

"Dusky'scompelling memoir is a tough reminder of the shame of being an 'unwedmother' in the sixties, as we both were. With lyrical prose andunwavering commitment she advocates eloquently for adoption lawreform." --Justice Faith Ireland, Washington State Supreme Court, (Ret.)

" intricately-crafted, tender and honest reminder of the damages suffered by parents and children amidst even thebest-intentioned of adoption decisions. Hole in my Heart should berequired reading for all who are contemplating placing a child oradopting for this precautionary tale offers poignant lessons about theimportance of adoption being an option of last resort; the inadequacy of openness and/or reunion as a salve for lifelong adoption losses; andthe need for adoptee rights legislation in America."
--Elizabeth Jurenovich, director of Abrazo Adoption Services, San Antonio

"Birthmark changed my life. Dusky's words gave me the courage to search for the mother who lost me to adoption. Now Lorraine has done it again. I read Hole in My Heart cover to cover in one sitting. It is high drama--and a riveting case for adoption reform. Dusky shines a spotlight on the harmful outcome of closed adoption, and the lasting impact of secrecy upon relationships." --Jean Strauss, adoptee, author of Birthright, filmmaker, A Simple Piece of Paper

"...a tour de force you won't be able to stop reading til the final page. Her story is modern and retro, tough and tender, romantic and profoundly honest. She illuminates the power of transgenerational longings and enduring genetic attributes. All richly enhanced by historical details about adoption laws and practice. Another masterpiece by a gifted writer.--Delores Teller, natural mother, post-adoption therapist, past president of the American Adoption Congress

"Dusky eloquently evokes the painful circumstances and social pressures that led to the loss of her child to adoption, and the multi-layered complexities of reunion and relationship with her daughter. ...a compelling manifesto for why our culture and legal system must re-think and reform adoption down to its roots.--David Smolin, adoptive father, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Children, Law, and Ethics, Cumberland Law School, Samford University

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"Stunning...Dusky's writing is passionate and eloquent. Her restraint in telling her tragic, timeless and redemptive story is an extraordinaryfeat. I was moved to tears. Hole In My Heart is a tour de force that should be read by everyone."--Kiana Davenport, author of The Spy Lover

"Dusky disproved the myth of the natural mother in the closet in 1979 with Birthmark; now she exposes the hard realities at the core of adoption before--and after--reunion in her haunting memoir. Hole In My Heart will change the way people think about adoption."--Florence Fisher, founder of ALMA (Adoptees Liberty Movement Association) and author, The Search for Anna Fisher

"Dusky's courageous, honest book puts a human face on the emotionalminefield of adoption while navigating an often-hidden truth--that atthe heart of every adoption, there are issues of loss, guilt, emptiness, abandonment and an incomplete sense of identity. Much more than a goodread, Hole In My Heart integrates many important research findings that support the universality and truth of Dusky's personal experience."--David Kirschner, PhD, psychoanalyst, author of Adoption: Uncharted Waters

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  • File Size: 1909 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
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  • Publisher: Leto Media (June 14, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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