Family Wanted: Adoption Stories | Granta

  • Published: 03/07/2006
  • ISBN: 9781862078574
  • 130x20mm
  • 256 pages

Family Wanted: Adoption Stories

Sara Holloway

Family has always been fertile ground for writers. To the usual familial themes, adoption adds its own potent elements: mystery, luck, the questing for origins, the yearning for a child, the importance (or not) of blood ties, and fundamental questions about what it is to become a parent and a family. A. M. Homes writes of being relentlessly tracked down by her birth mother, and Bernard Cornwell about being adopted by members of a repressive religious sect; Tama Janowitz comically describes meeting her Chinese daughter for the first time, and Martin Rowson reflects on encountering his surprisingly numerous long-lost siblings; Matthew Engel wrestles with international red tape and social workers in his bid to adopt a child and Emily Prager writes movingly about how her young daughter came to terms with being adopted; Jonathan Rendall falls for his birth mother and Paula Fox writes about the joy of being reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption decades before. The pieces in Family Wanted reveal profound truths about identity, family, love and belonging.

A frequently startling and consistently moving collection ... blood alone is not the motor of the family story, but love, guilt and pain will continue to be


The stories take you on a rollercoaster of emotions ... Whoever you are and however your life is affected by adoption you will find elements of yourself within this book

Adoption Net

This eclectic set of reflections by adoptees and adoptive and birth parents runs the gamut of possibilities ... a joy to read

Times Educational Supplement

The Author

Sara Holloway is the Publishing Director at Granta Books.

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