A Dear Mom letter at the beginning of every chapter summarizes Judith Romano’s dreams, feelings, and aspirations. The letters highlight her emotional responses to the significant events in her life as if arising from some external creative impulse.
The narrative provides clarity and insight into the mind of an adoptee as her thinking evolves from infancy, childhood, and teen years, through a succession of harrowing passages leading into adulthood. Her adventure unfolds as a series of significant events and her deep psychological reactions to them.
Throughout her search for the truth, Judith Romano faces a nearly insurmountable challenge in finding her roots. Still, her tenacious approach to problem-solving eventually demonstrates the power of the individual to defeat adversity. To create a positive outcome for herself, she must make tough moral and ethical choices and work within a biased, secretive social system established to work against her. She must overcome her fear of rejection, conquer her inhibitions, inner turmoil, and emotions, and resolve complex legal constraints. Her opinions about the value of self-identity and family connections are educational and inspirational. Readers will gain insight into the mind of an adoptee from infancy, through the developmental years, and into adulthood.
Judith Romano’s mature awareness and in-depth analysis of the circumstances that shaped the extraordinary quality of her life, will enlighten and inspire others about what it means to be adopted. Readers will learn to understand and appreciate how adoptees feel about adoption both then and now.
“A powerful personal story that belongs in the Pantheon of Adoption Classics. I was deeply moved by the heartbreaking narrative of this adoptee, but at the same time, the mystery buff in me breathlessly turned the pages to find out how or if Judy finally finds her truth. As you read this shocking and amazing book, keep reminding yourself: This really happened.” Donna Montalbano