Giving Away Simone by Jan L. WaldronGiving Away Simone by Jan L. Waldron

Giving Away Simone

byJan L. Waldron

Paperback | April 14, 1997

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Giving Away Simone is Jan Waldron's account of her compelling, turbulent, and maddeningly original relationship with the daughter she gave away. Jan's baby, Simone, was the fifth generation of women in her family to be abandoned by their mothers. Determined to fight this "undertow of conditioned exiting, an affliction of easy farewell," Jan reunited with her daughter, now renamed Rebecca, when Rebecca was eleven. They spent the next thirteen years trying to come to terms with each other and figure out what kind of roles they were to play in each others' lives.

For birthmothers, there are no simple equations of loss and gain. Each adoption is its own unique universe of complexities and ambiguities. But often the most personal is also the most universal, and there are truths to be found in every story. This beautifully rendered, intensely personal memoir gives essential shading to choices usually reduced to black and white. Waldron does not dispense advice; she probes the emotional fallout, on both sides of adoption, an area in which sedated platitudes have presided for far too long. "
Title:Giving Away SimoneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:April 14, 1997Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385485999

ISBN - 13:9780385485999

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While the turbulent journey into womanhood has been a topic of such thoughtful and hugely popular books as Reviving Ophelia, SchoolGirls, and Girlfriends, the equally difficult journey into manhood has not received similar attention. In the Country of Men, Jan Waldron's second beautiful memoir, is a paean to boyhood and an expose of the myths of manhood.This book grew out of a piece Waldron wrote for The New York Times Magazine about her teenage sons and their journeys into manhood. It was received with such enthusiasm, and she had so much more to say about the subject, that she decided to expand the piece into a full-length book that would include her father, her brother, her lovers, and her sons.Waldron does not write from a discipline or a movement. She writes at eye-level, from across the kitchen table. In the same way that Anne Roiphe's highly acclaimed memoir Fruitful (a National Book Award finalist) was also an exploration of modern motherhood, In the Country of Men begins with memories of Waldron's father, a boy who never really grew up, and her brother, a boy who had to grow up too fast. She takes readers through the high drama of her first kiss, and the deep disappointment of her relationship with the father of her sons, who left the family when their two sons were four and five. She has finally found a happy, lasting relationship with a man. And it is with her sons that she found hope and a vision for the future