Shadow Mothers: Stories of Adoption and Reunion

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.

Shadow Mothers: Stories Of Adoption And Reunion is the groundbreaking work that was inspiration for the play “Watermelon Hill” produced by the History Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. This is the companion book to Out of the Shadows. Though just recently out of print, Linda Back McKay has a few copies still available for sale.

These real stories – sweet and sad, joyful and tearful – help fill a gaping hole in the literature of adoption. this is truly a much-needed book.

– David Unowsky, owner of SubText and former owner of Hungry Mind Bookstore

Linda Back McKay gives us a collection of human dramas that will move any parent or child. She has the wisdom to let these stories tell themselves, from the lives and hearts of these mothers who were incomplete for so many years. No matter how united or disjointed our families are, there are lessons here for all of us.

-Warren Hanson, author/illustrator of The Next Place, illustrator of A Cup of Christmas Tea

For too long, birthmothers have hidden in the shadows, ashamed to come forward. Linda Back McKay has done a real service in bringing the truth to light. It is important for the public to understand how women share in the life histories of their birthchildren. As a social worker, I have been involved with hundreds of contacts between adopted persons and birthmothers and can attest to the reality of these stories. I am also an adopted person and have had contact with my birth family since 1961.

– Meg Bale, M.A., L.S.W., former supervisor, Post Adoption Services, Children’s Home Society of Minnesota

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