God and Jetfire

God and Jetfire

Confessions of A Birth Mother

Book - 2015
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God and Jetfire is a mother's account of her decision to surrender her son in an open adoption and of their relationship over the twelve years that follow. Facing an unplanned pregnancy at twenty-two, Amy Seek and her ex-boyfriend begin an exhaustive search for a family to raise their child. They sift through hundreds of "Dear Birth Mother" letters, craft an extensive questionnaire, and interview numerous potential couples. Despite the immutability of the surrender, it does little to diminish Seek's newfound feelings of motherhood. Once an ambitious architecture student, she struggles to reconcile her sadness with the hope that she's done the best for her son, a struggle complicated by her continued, active presence in his life. For decades, closed adoptions were commonplace. Now, new laws are guaranteeing adoptees' access to birth records, and open adoption is on the rise. God and Jetfire is the rare memoir that explores the intricate dynamics and exceptional commitment of an open-adoption relationship from the perspective of a birth mother searching for her place within it.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374164454
0374164452
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 24 cm

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May 07, 2016

I've read every book on adoption by birth mothers that I can get my hands on, this is my first on open adoption. I couldn't put it down, in fact I started reading it again as soon as I finished it the first time. As I read some reviews, what I notice is that people who have not "given up a child" can't quite understand that you may never have the concrete answers that they want to read about , ie: why she did it. Mine was not an open adoption and although I've lived with so many unanswered questions, Amy had a very different challenge, being able to know and be with her child, but not be the primary parent, but rather a visitor in her son's life. Either way it leaves such a hole in your life and your heart that others can never really understand and maybe we can't totally understand either.
Yes, she goes on a bit about some things, and I wanted her to realize she didn't give him up for herself, but for him ... but those are my thoughts and feelings, not hers. That's part of the pleasure of reading a memoir, it's their story to tell as they choose and I'm very grateful for her writing this book, it gave me a view of a situation I'm very familiar with, but from a very different angle.

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