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I Must Have Wandered: An Adopted Air Force Daughter Recalls
I’m thrilled to announce the new e-version of my collage memoir! Revised content includes an expanded photo archive, bibliography, and resources.
About the Book:
Travel with the author in her quest for the discovery of heritage. I Must Have Wandered is a hybrid collage of vignettes, poetry, and lyrical prose. Through personal letters, fragments, and photos, she portrays the poignant story of her Post-World War II South Carolina closed adoption by an Air Force couple, her 1950s early childhood—-the complexity of the primal trauma of maternal relinquishment and military family transience, and separation. She comes of age in the heightened anxiety of the turbulent 1960s amid demands for model behavior and discipline, the culture of confidentiality and secrecy around her father's career as an Intelligence officer, and his religious piety. The sensitive adopted girl seeks some relief, until, at forty, the need to know her true identity surfaces, and with the help of adoptee advocates, the barrier to her origins yields, and she searches for her natural mother. Decades later, DNA testing leads her to embark on a parallel journey of self-discovery and triumph over adversity. With her wealth of biological family, she can reconcile with the loss and privilege of her adopted life. An inspirational must-read…
The updated paperback is coming this summer! The current edition is here:
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