- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1479114693
- ISBN-13: 978-1479114696
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,724,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Split at the Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity Paperback – October 24, 2012
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Born in 1940, Catana Tully grew up in Guatemala. While she is black, she was raised by a white German couple who—while loving her and giving her every advantage—never formally adopted her. As she grew older, Tully was forced to confront her own privilege and alienation. Additionally, she worked to explore her past, reaching out to her biological mother's other children to learn about her mother, her father, and the strange circumstances surrounding her parenting. Tully, an able storyteller, relates an interesting, enlightening story, especially given the evolution of racial and cultural attitudes she witnessed during her lifetime.
Tully, an able storyteller, relates an interesting, enlightening story. ... In engaging, elegant prose, this memoir unveils the blessings and pitfalls of growing up among an ethnicity and a culture different from one's own." -- PW Select review, Publishers Weekly
"Split at the Root... explores the tangled feelings Tully experienced and how she became reconciled to her true identity." ESC, Connections. Spring 2013
"I recommend Split at the Root to anyone who has ever experienced the uneasy feeling that she doesn't quite belong." Karen Pickell May 6, 2013, The Lost Daughters, Review
"Our colleague, Catana Tully, who for many years served as a mentor at the Northeast Center and then International Programs, has recently published a deeply moving memoir that traces her incredible path in a trilingual German-Guatemalan family and her search for identity as a woman of color." Alan Mandell, SUNY ESC, All About Mentoring, Issue 43, Summer 2013
Top customer reviews
The title says it all. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read of a memoir of love and lost identity. One the best memoirs that I have ever read. The story could be simple; a black Guatemalan child is adopted by German settlers to that country who provide lavish love and a privileged lifestyle that allows her to grow up, live in Europe, and become an actor and a model. However, there is, oh, so much more. The exquisite writing and vibrant descriptions of the lushness of Guatemala entrance the reader.
Catana is the adopted child who grows up speaking three languages – German, Spanish and English. She is schooled in Guatemala, Jamaica and in Munich, Germany. She does, in fact, live in Europe and eventually marries a white American actor, Fred Tully, who she meets on a blind date in Germany. The book reads like a novel. Yet, it is a true story that eventually turns into the story of how, in later life, Catana doggedly seeks answers as to who her birth mother and father actually were.
In the end, Catana does learn the truths about her birth parents. In essence this a story about race, adoption and lost and found identity that will enthrall you. A wonderful read.
The reviewer is a 5-time-Law Professor of the Year who lives in Florida. He is also the author of two series of humor books: Professor Birdsong’s Dumbest Criminal Stories, and Professor Birdsong’s Weird Criminal Stories.
Catana Tully shows that healing doesn't always come in a straight line. She affirms just how difficult it is to come to terms with ghosts. She shares that the adoption split affects more than just the adopted person. She demonstrates the yearning for an integrated identity, She does so in an enchanting way that had me aching to read long past bedtime.
A superb read.
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If you love to read biographies this is one of the more interesting and moving life stories I have had...Read more