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The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade

Written by:
Ann Fessler
Narrated by:
Coleen Marlo

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2016
12 hours 39 minutes
In this deeply moving and myth-shattering work, Ann Fessler brings out into the open for the first time the astonishing untold history of the million and a half women who surrendered children for adoption due to enormous family and social pressure in the decades before Roe v. Wade. An adoptee who was herself surrendered during those years and recently made contact with her mother, Fessler brilliantly brings to life the voices of more than a hundred women, as well as the spirit of those times, allowing the women to tell their stories in gripping and intimate detail.
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A very well done account and stories of so many women like me. As a mother who gave up a child at 14 I found the book so relatable.

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Luciana N.

As an adoptee this book is a must read. I have not yet found my first mother but I feel like I can already sympathize with her story and struggles. I had to read this book in small increments because it is so close to my reality and has created such extreme emotions. There were parts of the book that I just could not get enough of and others that I worked really hard to keep it together after reading it. Thank you so much Ann Fessler for writing such an impactful and relevant piece and know that your work will be imprinted in my heart forever. I hope that one day I am able to find my mother, and when I do I will recommend this book to her.

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