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My Boy, Their Son

Narrated by: Mariah MacCarthy
Length: 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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It was Mariah’s worst choice - and the best decision.

As open adoptions go, it’s a dream scenario. But that doesn’t make saying goodbye any easier. From the hit true storytelling podcast RISK! comes a beautiful and heart-aching memoir of a mother’s love. 

Mariah MacCarthy was a financially strapped playwright in Queens with two roommates. Nothing about that situation said Let’s add a baby to this. Nine months later, having Leo adopted by two gay dads was the most loving solution possible. All Mariah fears now is becoming a stranger. But as four lives are irrevocably changed, Mariah discovers that embracing the moment of farewell is just the beginning of a family story, by turns joyous and devastating.

©2019 by Mariah MacCarthy. (P)2019 by KGA Holdings, LLC, all rights reserved.

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Very short , compact story of an adoption gone right, but also sharing some of the

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  • Roni F.
  • Irvington, NE USA
  • 05-28-19

A Very Real Heartbreaker!

"My Son, Their Son" is a small novella I justed finished listening to through Audible.com was a very heartwrenching, tear jerker, and emotional book for me. The story was about a young woman, who found herself pregnant; faced with several decisions that millions of women are up against everyday, many making these decisions on their own.
One major road block for this young woman; as for most women in her condition is, not being financially nor emotionally ready for a baby at this early stage of her young adulthood.

The author; Mariah MacCarthy, is also the narrator. She tells the story with such strong emotions, explaining the raw truth, from start to finish.

I'm still new with writing book reviews, so I'm still not sure how much to share in regards to the storyline, without ruining it for future readers. So I will say, although the novella can be read in a quick 39mins or so, I LOVED every minute. You won't be disappointed, just be ready with a few Kleenex.

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Found myself wanting more / loved it!

As an adoptive (same-sex) father I was thrilled to happen upon this short story. It’s an amazing tale and one that I wish we could have had more of. The author’s candor is refreshing. There is a stigma attached to open adoption and stories like Mariah’s can help to shatter the stigma and myth surrounding adoption participation open-adoption. Having been on the other side of this relationship as an adoptive parent, the story gave me a new appreciation for the sacrifices birthmoms make for their children. My only wish is that we could get this turned into a longer non-fiction book.