The Girls Who Went Away

  • by Ann Fessler
  • Narrated by Coleen Marlo
  • 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, Fessler brilliantly brings to life the voices of more than 100 women as well as the spirit of those times, allowing the women to tell their stories in gripping and intimate detail.


What the Critics Say

"Fessler recounts her own journey to find and reunite with her birth mother in this heartrending look at the untold story of American women compelled to surrender their children." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

This is a good book to read if you are adopted.

I am glad I read this. I'm adopted. I hope to find my biological mother.
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- Kris Kietzman

wow....I am an adoptee and a birthmom

it was an intense emotional book. it put words to some of the struggles I had in my heart that I didn't have words for before. it opened my heart to the women who suffer in silence. it gave me a new perspective on my birthmom and my brothers birthmom.
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- Sean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio