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Baby Boat: A Memoir of Adoption

Patty Dann

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ISBN 10: 0786863803 / ISBN 13: 9780786863808
Published by Hyperion, 1998
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Title: Baby Boat: A Memoir of Adoption

Publisher: Hyperion

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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A literary chronicle of one woman's journey to adopt her infant son, this book from the author of the acclaimed fiction debut "Mermaids" combines an eloquent style with humor in an emotional, absorbing memoir that reads like a novel.


Patty Dann's The Baby Boat is a poignant, evocative account of one couple's journey to adoptive parenthood. Dann's husband, Willem, is a Dutch citizen given to enchantingly incorrect speech patterns (he calls pinecones "pineapples," and, in a gesture that speaks to the depth and respect in their relationship, Dann never corrects him). "On our first date, my husband asked in his charming Dutch accent, 'Do you want to get children?'" Dann writes, explaining that Willem means "have" children. Yet Willem is inadvertently correct: after battling unsuccessful infertility treatments, the couple begins trying to adopt. Written in journal format, The Baby Boat chronicles the medical treatments, long episodes of waiting and delay, heartbreak when their promised daughter dies unseen, and the trip she and Willem make to Lithuania to claim their seven-month-old son. Dann's spare, understated writing style well suits this journey from emptiness to anticipation to sorrow to joy, as she and Willem finally "get" a baby. --Ericka Lutz

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