- 出版社: Paula Gruben (2016年5月30日)
- 平装: 212页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 9780620700719
- 条形码: 9780620700719
- 商品尺寸: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- 商品重量: 318 g
- ASIN: 0620700718
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Umbilicus: An Autobiographical Novel (英语) 平装 – 2016年5月30日
Paula Gruben is a writer living in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was put up for adoption as a newborn in 1974, under the highly secretive closed adoption system, which was common practice for young, unwed mothers at the time. Paula had a happy, carefree childhood, but knowing virtually nothing about her biological roots resulted in a crippling identity crisis during her teenage years, manifesting in all forms of anti-social and self-destructive behaviour, and ultimately a deeply dysfunctional relationship with her adoptive parents. When she turned 21 in 1995, Paula was granted access to her file at the Durban Child and Family Welfare Society, which had facilitated the adoption. She met her birth mother shortly thereafter, and her birth father two years later. The seed for writing a book about her remarkable adoption journey was planted, but then life took over. It was only when faced with the shock of an unplanned pregnancy, just before turning 36 in 2010, that Paula could fully empathise with what both her birth mother *and* adoptive mother must've gone through at the time she entered their lives. The seed started germinating at a frantic pace and, armed with the wisdom of age, Paula knew it was finally time to tell the story. 'Umbilicus' is her debut novel.
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I loved the honesty and truth in this authors story which gives an insight into the world of the adopted child that was completely new for me. While I know this story is biographical and based on real people her characters were well rounded and popped into life as real, living and breathing people who were never two dimensional of over romanticized.
I personally do not like the use of letters to move a story forward but these were a very necessary part of this story and even this worked for me.
Many men may find this story too emotional and personal, but even though this book is far from my usual reading preference or genre I found it a refreshing, interesting and easy read.
This book will appeal to any one interested in relationships and family and should be required reading for any one contemplating adoption. It would also be a powerful read which will provide insight for any adopted child, or sibling or friend of an adopted child.