An Affair with My Mother: A Story of Adoption, Secrecy and Love

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Caitriona Palmer had a happy childhood, raised by loving adoptive parents. In her late twenties, she located her birth mother, Sarah, and they developed a strong attachment. But Sarah set one painful condition to this joyous new relationship: she wished to keep it secret, from everyone. Who was Sarah, and why did she want to preserve a decades-old secret? This is the story of Caitriona's quest to answer these questions, and of the intense, furtive "affair" she and her mother conducted. It is a searing portrait of the social and familial forces that left Sarah—and many other unwed Irish mothers of her generation—frightened, traumatized, and bereft. It is also a beautiful account of a remarkable relationship.

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Caitríona Palmer writes for the Irish Independent. She lives in Washington, DC.

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"Palmer . . .  writes very movingly of the dislocation of the adoptee." —Sunday Express

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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, Ireland, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Incredibly moving --Anne Enright, winner of the Man Booker PrizeAn Affair with My Mother by Caitriona Palmer: a moving and gripping story of love, denial and a daughter s quest for the truth.Caitriona Palmer had a happy childhood in Dublin, raised by loving adoptive parents. But when she was in her late twenties, she realized that she had a strong need to know the woman who had given birth to her. She was able to locate her birth mother, Sarah, and they developed a strong attachment. But Sarah set one painful condition to this joyous new relationship: she wished to keep it - to keep Caitriona - secret from her family, from her friends, from everyone. Who was Sarah, and why did she want to preserve a decades-old secret? An Affair with My Mother tells the story of Caitriona s quest to answer these questions, and of the intense, furtive affair she and her mother conducted in carefully chosen locations around Dublin. By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, An Affair with My Mother is a searing portrait of the social and familial forces that left Sarah - and so many other unwed Irish mothers of her generation - frightened, traumatized and bereft. It is also a beautifully written account of a remarkable relationship. Caitriona Palmer has called out the false shame of her origins, with a kind of anguished courage that is incredibly moving. An Affair With My Mother is a forensic account of how it feels to be - in the interests of Catholic respectability - excluded from the facts of your own life. In its commitment to family love, to joy and truth, it is a gift. Anne Enright, winner of the Man Booker Prize. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9781844883578

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