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The Girls Who Went Away Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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 100 women as well as the spirit of those times, allowing the women to tell their stories in gripping and intimate detail.

©2006 Ann H. Fessler (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Fessler recounts her own journey to find and reunite with her birth mother in this heartrending look at the untold story of American women compelled to surrender their children." (Booklist)

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    Great book. It is detailed in the accounts and life style of the era of the time. It gave me a better understanding of why children were given up

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    Kate Williams 08-17-16

    Listening on the way to work and back, enjoy inspirational and intriguing books - biographies that inspire and books that make me think.

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    "Healing - cathartic"

    I highly recommend this book to adoptees, birthmothers and anyone who knows someone in the adoption triangle. Without any exaggeration As a birthmother myself it has changed if not saved my life.

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    Sarah 07-04-16
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    "Amazingly heart wrenching"

    This book should be read by every birth mother adoptee and adopter. I'm appalled at what was done to these women and how not much has changed when it comes to the responsibility or lack thereof on the part of the males Thanks for a wonderful read!

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    Lisa 06-08-16
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    "A must read for birth moms and adoptees!"

    As an adoptee, currently searching for my birth mother, this was an invaluable resource to help me prepare for whatever I find. I am overwhelmed with sadness of how cruel and insensitive the treatment of unwed mothers was during this era. I had no idea. Thank you Ms Fessler for shedding the light on this important topic and for the women having the willingness to tell their stories. I hope and pray women who endured this travesty find some sense of solace in knowing their story is finally being told!

    Thank you!


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    "Haunting and heartfelt"

    I loved this documentary. Opened my eyes to the harsh realities faced by women of past generations and gave me a new perspective on adoption!

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