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New relationship she wished to keep it to keep Caitriona secret from her family from her friends from everyoneWho was Sarah and why did she want to preserve a decades old secret An Affair with My Mother tells the story of Caitriona's uest to answer these uestions and of the intense furtive 'affair' she and her mother conducted in carefully chosen locations around Dublin By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking An Affair with My Mother is a searing portrait of the social and familial forces that left Sarah and so many othe. I have wanted to read this since seeing the author on TV earlier this year An episode of Long Lost Family without the happy ever after story of everyone embracing long lost relatives Sensitively and warmly written it tells the authors own a story of a child given up for adoption by an unmarried mother in the draconian Ireland of 1972 under the antiuated adoption laws of the time and of the power the church was able to weald over the state Page 192 The danger of a catholic baby going to non catholic home CP explores the intense feelings of the birth mother the adoptee and the adoptive parents The juxtaposition of Philomena who traces her son who she gave up for adoption only to find that he has passed away and the mother in this book who is still bound by feelings of guilt secrecy and although happy to meet Catriona insists that her existence remains a secret conducting their relationship in a series of clandestine meetings in the hotel and bars of Dublin In addition the birth father whose reaction to the pregnancy in 1971 was to pretend he didn t hear did not want to admit to the existence of his daughter CP has had to endure the shame and embarrassment of not being publicly acknowledged by either biological parent thank heavens for the wonderful Liam Mary who adopted her into a family of love I sincerely hope that her birth mother like Philomena eventually finds the courage to open up and tell her story to her family One uote from the end which sums it all up page 244 there was the Catholic Church with its culture of institutional dishonesty and shame and the Irish state which allowed the Church to dictate the terms on which unmarried mothers and their children were treated There was Irish society which turned its head the other way choosing not to see IMHO the church has a lot to answer for Highly and strongly recommended Touchstone did she want to preserve a Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding decades old secret An Affair with My Mother tells the story of Caitriona's uest to answer these uestions and of the intense furtive 'affair' she and her mother conducted in carefully chosen locations around Dublin By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking An Affair with My Mother is a searing portrait of the social and familial forces that left Sarah and so many othe. I have wanted to read this since seeing the author on TV earlier this year An episode of Long Lost Family without the happy ever after story of everyone embracing long lost relatives Sensitively and warmly written it tells the authors own a story of a child given up for adoption by an unmarried mother in the Love is Blind draconian Ireland of 1972 under the antiuated adoption laws of the time and of the power the church was able to weald over the state Page 192 The Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia danger of a catholic baby going to non catholic home CP explores the intense feelings of the birth mother the adoptee and the adoptive parents The juxtaposition of Philomena who traces her son who she gave up for adoption only to find that he has passed away and the mother in this book who is still bound by feelings of guilt secrecy and although happy to meet Catriona insists that her existence remains a secret conducting their relationship in a series of clandestine meetings in the hotel and bars of Dublin In addition the birth father whose reaction to the pregnancy in 1971 was to pretend he Sea Witch Rising Sea Witch didn t hear Catching Fire daughter CP has had to endure the shame and embarrassment of not being publicly acknowledged by either biological parent thank heavens for the wonderful Liam Mary who adopted her into a family of love I sincerely hope that her birth mother like Philomena eventually finds the courage to open up and tell her story to her family One uote from the end which sums it all up page 244 there was the Catholic Church with its culture of institutional The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 2 Volume Set (Wiley Clinical Psychology Handbooks) dishonesty and shame and the Irish state which allowed the Church to The Apple Bandit (Nancy Drew: Notebooks, dictate the terms on which unmarried mothers and their children were treated There was Irish society which turned its head the other way choosing not to see IMHO the church has a lot to answer for Highly and strongly recommended

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'Incredibly moving' Anne Enright winner of the Man Booker Prize An Affair with My Mother by Caitriona Palmer a moving and gripping story of love denial and a daughter's uest for the truthCaitriona Palmer had a happy childhood in Dublin raised by loving adoptive parents But when she was in her late twenties she realized that she had a strong need to know the woman who had given birth to her She was able to locate her birth mother Sarah and they developed a strong attachmentBut Sarah set one painful condition to this joyous. A young unmarried Irish girl gets pregnant in the 1970s gives birth while shrouded in Catholic shame and relinuishes the baby in a secret adoption The trauma of that secret never leaves her This beautiful memoir is written by that relinuished baby turned adult daughter who chronicles her search for her birth mother and the real story behind the many convent run unwed mother and baby homes I highly recommend uinze dias denial and a Cheating for the Chicken Man daughter's uest for the truthCaitriona Palmer had a happy childhood in Dublin raised by loving adoptive parents But when she was in her late twenties she realized that she had a strong need to know the woman who had given birth to her She was able to locate her birth mother Sarah and they The Last Runaway developed a strong attachmentBut Sarah set one painful condition to this joyous. A young unmarried Irish girl gets pregnant in the 1970s gives birth while shrouded in Catholic shame and relinuishes the baby in a secret adoption The trauma of that secret never leaves her This beautiful memoir is written by that relinuished baby turned adult On Tidy Endings daughter who chronicles her search for her birth mother and the real story behind the many convent run unwed mother and baby homes I highly recommend

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R unwed Irish mothers of her generation frightened traumatized and bereft It is also a beautifully written account of a remarkable relationship'Caitriona Palmer has called out the false shame of her origins with a kind of anguished courage that is incredibly moving An Affair With My Mother is a forensic account of how it feels to be in the interests of Catholic respectability excluded from the facts of your own life In its commitment to family love to joy and truth it is a gift' Anne Enright winner of the Man Booker Prize. The book starts slow as a journal or memoir of an Irish adopted girl detailing her daily life I was pushing the read and contemplated dropping the book multiple times In the second part of the book the story became uite interesting and I couldn t stop reading until the last page She started focusing on the real story of the Irish unwed pregnant women in the 70s and how the society and family dealt with the shame and the deep feelings and issues in the authors mind and her biological mother secrecy Excellent book to read It should also be supplemented by the tv interviews of the author available in the internet The Last Runaway detailing her On Tidy Endings daily life I was pushing the read and contemplated Flat World Navigation dropping the book multiple times In the second part of the book the story became uite interesting and I couldn t stop reading until the last page She started focusing on the real story of the Irish unwed pregnant women in the 70s and how the society and family A House of My Own Stories from My Life dealt with the shame and the Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, deep feelings and issues in the authors mind and her biological mother secrecy Excellent book to read It should also be supplemented by the tv interviews of the author available in the internet

  • Paperback
  • 256
  • An Affair with My Mother
  • Caitriona Palmer
  • English
  • 14 August 2019
  • 9781844883578

10 thoughts on “An Affair with My Mother

  1. says:

    A young unmarried Irish girl gets pregnant in the 1970s gives birth while shrouded in Catholic shame and relinuishes the baby in a secret adoption The trauma of that secret never leaves her This beautiful memoir is written by that relinuished baby turned adult daughter who chronicles her search for her birth mother and the real story behind the many convent run unwed mother and baby homes I highly recommend

  2. says:

    An incredible feat to have put together the narrative of her intersecting lives the one she was born into and the one she was hustled into via adoption It feels carefully too carefully constructed and yet there is anger underneath admitted to only briefly and rarely explored in the narrative despite lifting the lid on the Irish adoption experience it felt like much was left unwritten or perhaps written in a

  3. says:

    Very moving beautifully written

  4. says:

    Well written thought provoking

  5. says:

    After finding a half sister 3 years ago we never knew about I am constantly trying to understand and know my mother’s story She di

  6. says:

    I have wanted to read this since seeing the author on TV earlier this year An episode of Long Lost Family without the happy ever after story of everyone embracing long lost relatives Sensitively and warmly written it tells the author

  7. says:

    So helpful and no sacrifice in readability I am an adoptive mother so I pick up books about adoption occasionally to help me better p

  8. says:

    The book starts slow as a journal or memoir of an Irish adopted girl detailing her daily life I was pushing the read and contemplated dropping

  9. says:

    This novel is a heartwrenching eye opening personal account about the oppressive nature of Ireland's theocracy in the 197

  10. says:

    Eye opening story of adopted childrenVery well written but sometimes tedious to read such detail However I felt anxious and understood a litt

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