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A searching, eloquent memoir about the joys and hardships of open adoption
God and Jetfire is a mother's account of her decision to surrender her son in an open adoption and of their relationship over the twelve years that follow. Facing an unplanned pregnancy at twenty-two, Amy Seek and her ex-boyfriend begin an exhaustive search for a family to raise their child. They sift through hundreds of "Dear Birth Mother" letters, craft an extensive questionnaire, and interview numerous potential couples. Despite the immutability of the surrender, it does little to diminish Seek's newfound feelings of motherhood. Once an ambitious architecture student, she struggles to reconcile her sadness with the hope that she's done the best for her son, a struggle complicated by her continued, active presence in his life.
For decades, closed adoptions were commonplace. Now, new laws are guaranteeing adoptees' access to birth records, and open adoption is on the rise. God and Jetfire is the rare memoir that explores the intricate dynamics and exceptional commitment of an open-adoption relationship from the perspective of a birth mother searching for her place within it.
Written with literary poise and distinction, God and Jetfire is a story of a life divided between grief and gratitude, regret and joy. It is an elegy for a lost motherhood, a celebration of a family gained, and an apology to a beloved son.
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Amy Seek is a landscape architect. She lives and works in New York City.Review:
“[A] piercing memoir . . . very beautiful and very sad.” ―The New Yorker
“An unforgettable and exquisitely written narrative of motherhood in our time . . . Seek's prose is lyrical, at times heart-wrenching, as she deeply explores her pain, regret, and longing . . . There is nothing prescriptive or commonplace about this true story of a mother who has to learn-as all parents must-both how to embrace, and how to let go.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An unflinching look at the consequences and rewards of open adoption, written with care and precision.” ―Kirkus
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