Stories of origin and creation govern how all cultures understand themselves. For the 25 contributors to Somebody's Child, the topic of adoption is no-and perhaps never can be-a neutral issue. With unique courage, each of them talks about his or her experience of the adoption process. Some speak of heartbreak; some have found modified "happy endings"; others have discovered joy. All have been changed by discovering the vital facts of their own birth and origin. Somebody's Child contains a wide array of true stories: a young man explores his love for his adopted sister; a woman comes to grips with the truth about her birth parents; a mother of two talks about meeting her "first son," the baby she gave up; and, a lawyer tells about discovering her Nigerian family. Somebody's Child captures the many unforgettable faces and voices of adoption. he third book in a family of anthologies about the 21st-century family, Somebody's Child follows up on Nobody's Mother and Nobody's Father, two essay collections from childless adults on parenthood, family and choices. Together, these three books challenge readers to redefine our traditional definitions of the concept of "family."
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Bruce is an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford Campus, where he teaches journalism. Please visit www.brucegillespie.com.