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The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty Year Search (English Edition)
 
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The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty Year Search (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Sixsmith
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Produktbeschreibungen

Pressestimmen

“The extraordinary story of an extraordinary woman . . . Philomena’s tale is special. . . . It reveals a remarkable human being with astonishing fortitude and a truly humbling willingness to forgive. . . . I hope Philomena’s heroic search and her courage in allowing her story to be told will bring comfort to all who have suffered a similar fate.” —Judi Dench, from the Foreword

“A searingly poignant account of forced adoption and its consequences.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Riveting . . . Sixsmith chillingly recounts . . . this mother-and-son saga.” —Publishers Weekly

“Emotionally compelling.” —Library Journal

“A powerful testament to the strength of the bond between mother and child.” —Shelf Awareness

“Heartbreaking . . . a story that needed to be told.” —The Independent

“Delves into a woman’s grief with restraint and sensitivity.” Independent on Sunday
 

“The touching story of a mother’s fifty-year search for her son.” Sunday Times (London)

Kurzbeschreibung

Now a major film, called Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears.

When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent of Roscrea, Co. Limerick, to be looked after as a ‘fallen woman’ and at the age of three her baby was whisked away and ‘sold’ to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising ‘Never to Seek to Know’ what the Church did with him, she never saw him again. She would spend the next fifty years searching for her son, unaware that he spent his life searching for her.

Philomena's son, renamed Michael Hess, grew up to be a top lawyer and then a Republican politician in the first Bush administration. But he was also gay and in 1980s Washington being out and proud was not an option. He not only had to conceal not only his sexuality, but, eventually, the fact that he had AIDs. With little time left, he returned to Ireland and the convent in which he was born to plead with the nuns to tell him who his mother was, so that he might see her before he died. They refused.The Lost Child of Philomena Lee is the story of a mother and a son, whose lives were blighted by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. A compelling narrative of human love and loss, Martin Sixsmith's moving account is both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive.

Synopsis

When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent of Roscrae, Co. Limerick, to be looked after as a 'fallen woman' and at the age of three her baby was whisked away and 'sold' to America for adoption. She never saw him again, having been forced to sign a document promising 'Never to Seek to Know' what the Church did with him. She would spend the next fifty years searching for her son, not knowing that, renamed Michael Hass, he was doing exactly the same thing in America. While Philomena worked as a nurse in England, her son grew up to be a top lawyer and then a Republican politician in the first Bush administration. He was also gay, and had to conceal not only his sexuality, but, eventually, the fact that he had AIDs. With little time left to live, he flew back to the convent to plead with the nuns to tell him who his mother was. When they refused he asked only that he be buried within the grounds of the convent with enough information on his gravestone for his mother to identify him 'if she ever came looking'.

In "Never Seek to Know", Martin Sixsmith tells the heartbreaking story of how two lives were ruined many times over by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic, and how a mother finally found solace in the words on a gravestone in a remote Irish graveyard.

Über den Autor

Martin Sixsmith was born in Cheshire and educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Sorbonne. From 1980 to 1997 he worked for the BBC, as the Corporation's correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. From 1997 to 2002 he worked for the British Government as Director of Communications. He is now a writer, presenter and journalist. His previous books are The Litvinenko File, Moscow Coup: The Death of the Soviet System and two novels, Spin and I Heard Lenin Laugh.
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