In this deeply moving and myth-shattering work, Ann Fessler brings out into the open for the first time the astonishing untold history of the million and a half women who surrendered children for adoption due to enormous family and social pressure in the decades before Roe v. Wade. An adoptee who was herself surrendered during those years and recently made contact with her mother, Ann Fessler brilliantly brings to life the voices of more than a hundred women, as well as the spirit of those times, allowing the women to tell their stories in gripping and intimate detail.A discussion arose in one of my groups about "the value of girls." I said, "I’m 72, and being a teenager in the 1950s was very different from now — or even from when you were a teen. Any girl who got pregnant dropped out of school and seemed to disappear." Martha replied, "If you haven’t read it, Bonnie, I recommend The Girls Who Went Away for a look at the societal framework that encouraged and supported that disappearing. It’s heart-wrenching." My library had a copy, which I checked out this afternoon. It's absorbing, and I'm already halfway through the book — even though I had intended to just "take a quick look at the contents." Ha!
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