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[[ Download Kindle ]] Â An Affair with My Mother ⛎ Incredibly Moving Anne Enright, Winner Of The Man Booker Prize An Affair With My Mother By Caitriona Palmer A Moving And Gripping Story Of Love, Denial And A Daughter S Quest For The TruthCaitriona Palmer Had A Happy Childhood In Dublin, Raised By Loving Adoptive Parents But When She Was In Her Late Twenties, She Realized That She Had A Strong Need To Know The Woman Who Had Given Birth To Her She Was Able To Locate Her Birth Mother, Sarah, And They Developed A Strong AttachmentBut Sarah Set One Painful Condition To This Joyous New Relationship She Wished To Keep It To Keep Caitriona Secret From Her Family, From Her Friends, From EveryoneWho Was Sarah, And Why Did She Want To Preserve A Decades Old Secret An Affair With My Mother Tells The Story Of Caitriona S Quest To Answer These Questions, And Of The Intense, Furtive Affair She And Her Mother Conducted In Carefully Chosen Locations Around Dublin By Turns Heartwarming And Heartbreaking, An Affair With My Mother Is A Searing Portrait Of The Social And Familial Forces That Left Sarah And So Many Other Unwed Irish Mothers Of Her Generation Frightened, Traumatized And Bereft It Is Also A Beautifully Written Account Of A Remarkable Relationship Caitriona Palmer Has Called Out The False Shame Of Her Origins, With A Kind Of Anguished Courage That Is Incredibly Moving An Affair With My Mother Is A Forensic Account Of How It Feels To Be In The Interests Of Catholic Respectability Excluded From The Facts Of Your Own Life In Its Commitment To Family Love, To Joy And Truth, It Is A Gift Anne Enright, Winner Of The Man Booker Prize Love healedThis was such a good read I am amazed at what the Catholic Church and Southern Irish society put on these unmarried mothers and the cover ups they perpetrated I am so glad that much of this is now out in the open. A young unmarried Irish girl gets pregnant in the 1970s, gives birth while shrouded in Catholic shame, and relinquishes the baby in a secret adoption The trauma of that secret never leaves her This beautiful memoir is written by that relinquished baby turned adult daughter who chronicles her search for her birth mother and the real story behind the many convent run unwed mother and baby homes I highly recommend. An incredible feat, to have put together the narrative of her intersecting lives, the one she was born into and the one she was hustled into via adoption It feels carefully too carefully constructed and yet there is anger underneath, admitted to only briefly and rarely explored in the narrative, despite lifting the lid on the Irish adoption experience, it felt like much was left unwritten or perhaps written in a first draft and rejected replaced with an overdose of gratitude.I find myself thinking, despite the 14 years or so of secrecy she is forced into, having met her birth mother but unable to meet anyone else in the family, thus the reference to an affair , that Catriona was indeed the lucky one, for the shame put upon the birth mother, the contract she is made to sign, the two bigoted, interfering women, the robed men who as part of a system of domination, decided to institutionalise and punish only women and rid society of their illegitimate children, supposedly cleansing them and reattaching them toworthy parents a system that made that poor young women live with the consequences of an act of two people, not one was and continues to be callous, horrendous and cruel And it lives on, they will never be free of that fear and shame instilled into them and they will have passed it down and no doubt had it passed to them.It s appalling the way women have been treated, the patriarchal system of domination, using language like the traditional family to enforce a highly punitive model of unrealistic behaviour that provoked fear, caused trauma, ensuring continued domination.For aconsidered review of the book, see my blog review at Word by Word here Well written, thought provoking.