Saturday, September 19, 2009

Book: Lucky Girl

Mei-Ling Hopgood's memoir, Lucky Girl, fascinated me. Born to a Taiwanese family already filled with girls, she is subsequently adopted by an American family and raised with two brothers (who, incidentally, are adopted from Korea.) As an adult she meets her Taiwanese family and begins the long, complicated process of learning to know them. One of the first difficult news items? Her birth parents adopted a boy even as they relinquished two of their birth daughters for adoption. In numerous visits, she learns to know her birth well as the many "skeletons in the closet" that are a part of the family she left in infancy. Highly recommended reading.

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