Books to curl up with: a librarian's musings

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The haunted qualities of adoption

Gammage, a Philadelphia newspaper reporter, never planned on being a parent, so he seems to have been doubly suprised at the intensity with which he loves his adopted daughter, Jin Yu. China Ghosts is the story of his journey into parenthood. It is also the story of his trying to come to grips with the fact that there is much he doesn't know about his daughter's life before she was with them.

He wonders about her parents. He feels guilty that somehow they couldn't bring Jin Yu home sooner and spared her time in the orphanage. Mostly he feels love and a new connection with his late father.

This is an honest, joyful and poingnant memoir of adoption.


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