Relative Strangers: A Mother’s Adoption Memoir


Relative Strangers: A Mother’s Adoption Memoir

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SKU: 9780473481087 Categories: ,

ISBN: 9780473481087
Title: Relative Strangers: A Mother’s Adoption Memoir

In Relative Strangers, Pip Murdoch offers us a raw account of her personal journey – giving birth and placing her child up for adoption in early seventies New Zealand.

Her frank and gritty portrayal is set against a period of rapid social change within a narrow and judgemental environment.

Pip gives us intimate descriptions of the challenges she faced. She expresses the fear, shame and trauma of having to part with her baby and demonstrates a tireless determination to make the most of every situation.

Pip Murdoch has written a searingly honest memoir about growing up in the 1960s and what it was like to give up a child for adoption, in the face of limited choices and moral disapproval of unmarried mothers. The search for her son, years after his birth, is a poignant, often heart-breaking account of a search that reads like a page-turning detective story. Anyone who has been touched by the adoption circle, and there are many of us in New Zealand, will find this a compulsive read, and be touched by its compassionate approach to every aspect of the process and the people involved, whether it be the adoptee, birth parents, or adoptive parents, and the legacy of the practice. Above all, it is an
extraordinary and vivid testament to an era.

~ Dame Fiona Kidman

Format: Paperback
Price: $30.00