Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother

Jana Wolff, Author
Jana Wolff, Author Andrews McMeel Publishing $16.95 (160p) ISBN 978-0-8362-2186-2
Reviewed on: 12/30/1996
Release date: 01/01/1997
Paperback - 167 pages - 978-0-9672143-1-3
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About three years ago, the author and her husband, both Jewish, adopted a male baby at birth. Their child, whom they named Ari, was the birth son of two 18-year-olds, a Mexican-American mother and an African American father. In this candid memoir, Wolff relates her mixed feelings about bringing up a child from a different cultural background. Although she deeply loves her son, she is concerned that a biracial adoption may have made his future life harder. She also discusses her fears--groundless, it turns out--that Martie, the birth mother, would return to claim her child. Although the author's frankness is disarming and she has bravely made the decision to maintain contact with Martie and to allow her to visit Ari, she makes sometimes harsh or patronizing judgments about Martie's life choices. Wolff's commitment to her son comes across here as absolute, but she makes clear she harbors many ambivalent emotions about the adoption that will be of interest to other adoptive parents of biracial children. (Jan.)
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