The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

by Martin Sixsmith

Pan Macmillan Uk | May 21, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent at Roscrea in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

Philomena''s son, renamed Michael Hess, grew up to be a top Washington lawyer and a leading Republican official in the Reagan and Bush administrations. But he was a gay man in a homophobic party where he had to conceal not only his sexuality but, eventually, the fact that he had AIDs. With little time left, he returned to Ireland and the convent where he was born: his desperate quest to find his mother before he died left a legacy that was to unfold with unexpected consequences for all involved.

The Lost Child of Philomena Leeis the tale of a mother and a son whose lives were scarred by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. A compelling narrative of human love and loss, Martin Sixsmith''s moving account is both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 1.19 in

Published: May 21, 2010

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0330518364

ISBN - 13: 9780330518369

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

by Martin Sixsmith

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 1.19 in

Published: May 21, 2010

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Uk

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0330518364

ISBN - 13: 9780330518369

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When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent at Roscrea in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

Philomena''s son, renamed Michael Hess, grew up to be a top Washington lawyer and a leading Republican official in the Reagan and Bush administrations. But he was a gay man in a homophobic party where he had to conceal not only his sexuality but, eventually, the fact that he had AIDs. With little time left, he returned to Ireland and the convent where he was born: his desperate quest to find his mother before he died left a legacy that was to unfold with unexpected consequences for all involved.

The Lost Child of Philomena Leeis the tale of a mother and a son whose lives were scarred by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. A compelling narrative of human love and loss, Martin Sixsmith''s moving account is both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive.

About the Author

Martin Sixsmith was born in Cheshire and educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Sorbonne. From 1980 to 1997 he worked for the BBC, as the Corporation''s correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. From 1997 to 2002 he worked for the British Government as Director of Communications. He is now a writer, presenter and journalist. His previous books areThe Litvinenko File, Moscow Coup: The Death of the Soviet Systemand two novels,SpinandI Heard Lenin Laugh.

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