Waiting to Forget is a tale of adoption from the birth mother’s point of view. Margaret’s memoir covers two pregnancies, the one when she was sixteen back in the sixties when teenage pregnancy was kept a shameful secret and the other, 25 years later. Although she kept that baby and was filled with happiness, the memories of the son she gave up for adoption haunts her and she is afraid to be apart from her new daughter.
It is amazing to me what a hard time she has as she tries to find her son all those years later. Block after block after block. It is clear to me that giving a child up for adoption is never an easy thing but that it must have been worse in the sixties when you had to pretend you weren’t even pregnant and couldn’t talk about it or reconnect with your child years later.
If you recognize Margaret Moorman’s name it’s because she is the author of My Sister’s Keeper: Learning to Cope with a Sibling’s Mental Illness, a well-known book. It is very clear to me that Margaret led a very hard life.
The book was quite sad in some parts, and made me angry in others. If you are emotional like me, be prepared for some emotions. I’m glad I read her memoir though and that she wrote it. Not many books show the birth mother side of things.
Norton & Company 1996
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