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

Great book

Great book. It is detailed in the accounts and life style of the era of the time. It gave me a better understanding of why children were given up
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- Lavon

Healing - cathartic

I highly recommend this book to adoptees, birthmothers and anyone who knows someone in the adoption triangle. Without any exaggeration As a birthmother myself it has changed if not saved my life.
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- STT Kate

Book Details

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