Waiting to see the documentary as it travels across the country in select cities? Go to the nearest chain bookstore and pick up the book – it’s very similar, just with more haunting detail.
The book, The Girls Who Went Away, is based on the audio interviews author Ann Fessler conducted with women who surrendered children for adoption during the baby scoop era. She used these same interviews to put together her documentary of the same name.
I’m only into Chapter 3. Around that point I realized I simply can’t read too much at a time. These stories are full of grief, and I feel it jumping out of the page. I can’t begin to imagine what it has been like to live through these experiences.
I appreciate Fessler sharing her own story as an adult adoptee in the first chapter. It brings a bit of the other side of the story into the picture.