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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
Top Customer Reviews
If you are someone who has NOT experienced adoption, I would STILL recommend this book simply because it is a GREAT READ! I had a hard time putting it down until I read the whole thing, cover to cover!!
I had the privilege of meeting Jessica when she came to speak to our group at a retreat this summer. She is a wonderful person with a beautiful family! I instantly felt like I had known her forever the moment we met. It is a rarity in this world to meet someone so genuine and loving - towards her family and other families as well. :)
Thanks Jessica for writing this book!
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 7 months 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 13 months ago by Megan Wagner
I really enjoyed reading this book, grabbing all my free moments to get back to it! As an internationally adoptive mom to two, I thought I struggled to bring my kids home, but... Read morePublished on August 26, 2014 by Christine Rhyner
Great book! I related to so much. I live in Honduras now and plan to get to Antigua, Guatemala, next year. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by Amazon Customer
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 on March 24, 2014 by Steve
I wanted to like this book & admire its author, but instead of a memoir it would be better classified as fiction. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Alison Ward
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