A month ago, I received a copy of Jessica O’Dwyer’s newly-released book Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir, and based on the other reviews I’d already read, I was ready to read it myself.
Like Fred and me, Jessica and her husband are adoptive parents of two children from Guatemala. Mamalita recounts the story of their first adoption. And yes, their first adoption was fully capable of filling a book. Once I started reading, I had trouble putting it down.
The story follows Jessica’s and Tim’s experiences with a do-nothing agency that took their money and then failed to process their case while at the same time “setting aside” their daughter so she was unavailable to be adopted by anyone else, a corrupt attorney at the other end, the bribe-to-succeed state of the Guatemalan governmental adoption office at the time, and many of the ethical and moral dilemas adoptive parents face in-process and afterwards. Read the rest of this entry