If you’re a parent, then you know that getting the time and space to read a book can feel, well, almost sacred. So, when I read Jennifer Lauck‘s first memoir — Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found — and its follow up — Still Waters — I guarded my space behind closed doors, as I consumed her raw, beautiful writing.
By age five, Jennifer was taking care of her mother — who suffered from an ulcer and tumors — like a nurse. Every day, Jennifer made her mother meals, helped her get dressed, and stayed loyal at her side. Her mother died two years later, and Jennifer’s father quickly remarried to a cruel woman. In the meantime, Jennifer was told that she was adopted.
Jennifer’s childhood story gets grimmer and more riveting as it goes on, yet her will to survive and succeed is incredible. Her writing is so crisp, but without self-pity. Blackbird has been translated into 22 languages, and her first two books are often given to patients working to heal childhood trauma.
Yet, when Jennifer’s second memoir ended — she describes getting married and giving birth to a son, followed by a daughter — I DID have questions:
What about her birth mother? Did Jennifer ever think about finding her? Did she ever try?
Little did I know that Jennifer was already writing this part of her story — in her just-published book Found. Her third memoir centers around her search for her birth mother, but it’s also about how she overcame her sense of displacement, her desire to please, and her lack of a sense of self — all issues she attributes to having been adopted.
In Found, Jennifer (below) also describes her divorce from her husband, their co-parenting journey, and her strength to open her heart again to a very loving man whom she calls “Rogelio.” She’s also very honest about her thoughts on adoption, which I won’t give away here.
Seal Press (my publisher!) is giving away a copy of Found to one of YOU.
In the comments, please share:
Have you ever felt an inner struggle that has plagued you?
How have you healed? How are you on your way to finding more peace today?
You do NOT need to read Jennifer’s first two books before reading Found. It reads like a memoir on its own.
Contest ends at midnight PST on March 18. Winner will be chosen by Random.org.
If you’re in the Bay Area, please come out and hear Jennifer read this weekend!
On Sunday, March 13th, she’ll be at Book Passage in Corte Madera at 7 p.m.
And on Monday, March 14th, Jennifer will be reading at Books, Inc. in Berkeley at 7 p.m.
Author photo taken by: Staci Vriese
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