My Books

Out of the Shadows: Stories of Adoption and Reunion

Out of the Shadows: Stories of Adoption and Reunion by Linda Back McKayWhat happened to young women in the 1960s when they had to say goodbye forever to their own babies? How did they go on with their lives? Then, when mother and child eventually reunited, what emotions, reactions and realities did they have to deal with?

Out of the Shadows: Stories of Adoption and Reunion includes original stories, updates, insights and viewpoints from all sides of the adoption triad, advice for reuniting families and discussion points for book clubs.

Shadow Mothers

Shadow Mothers by Linda Back McKay, a book about adoption experiences.Behind the sensational headlines, celebrity talk shows and tabloid perceptions lay the secrets and truths of real women who each placed a child for adoption and years later were reunited. There is much more woven into the tapestry of our lives than the pain of loss and joy of reunion. Each of our stories has a beginning as well as an afterwards.

The Next Best Thing

The Next Best Thing by Linda Back McKayThe Next Best Thing is a group of reflections, rants and reveries that reflect Linda Back McKay’s perseveringly positive attitude about life — its ironies, risks, griefs and rewards.

“Not often does a book of poetry begin with Rilke and end with motorcycles. In The Next Best Thing Linda Back McKay writes with wit, imagination and deep feeling, with vowels that soothe and consonants that nail sounds to the page.” – Patricia Kirkpatrick, author of Century’s Road and poetry editor of Water~Stone Review

The Cockeyed Precision of Time

The Cockeyed Precision of Time by Linda Back McKayThe Cockeyed Precision of Time is a compelling collection of poetry and fine art photography that examines various aspects of time as a way of making sense of our own lives. The photographs, in stunning black and white, reflect the poems as images and are the work of Lenny Zimmerman of Puyallup, Washington.

Ride That Full Tilt Boogie

Ride That Full Tilt Boogie by Linda Back McKay“These poems will not sit on chairs. They refuse to be quiet. They stand around chewing gum, jittery and toe tapping, shuffle-hop-stepping in the face of life, in the face of death. They will not calm down. They cannot contain their own energy and they will not leave the room of life, the room of death. They stay. In that room. In the face of it.” -Monica Ochtrup, author and editor