Title: For Love of a Child: Stories of Adoption
Author: Lisa Meadows Garfield
My friend Lisa Garfield recently sent me a copy of her book For Love of a Child: Stories of Adoption, which includes at least a dozen stories from across the spectrum of adoption. There are stories from birth mothers and fathers, from adoptive mothers and fathers, from birth grandparents, from adoptees in open adoptions, closed adoptions, international adoptions, domestic adoptions, adoptions by a stepparent, difficult adoptions and easy adoptions. The book does a great job setting up the triangular nature of the adoptive relationship (birth parents, adoptive parents, adoptee), and presenting many of the rewarding complexities of adoption. While some of the stories in the collection are written better than others, I feel like critiquing the prose is kind of beside the point here-- Garfield's motivation seems to be to present experiences and stories, and not necessarily in looking for people who can tell their stories perfectly.