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Reviewed by Geree McDermott for Readers' Favorite
In The Lies That Bind, Laureen Pittman explores the circumstances of her adoption. She feels compelled to find out and begins a search that spans decades. She writes a touching narrative, taking us on her quest for answers as she begins looking for her birth mother and birth father. She uses several resources and pieces together what scant information she gathers, and manages to find some answers while even more questions arise. Laureen Pittman confronts The Lies That Bind and meets road blocks of hostility and disinterest with grace and intelligence. And while she succeeds in discovering many answers, some questions remain unanswered.
The Lies That Bind is a well written narrative that gives us unique insight into the painful emotions Laureen Pittman experiences. Her courageous self-disclosure helps us to understand how difficult it is for adopted children to feel wanted and loved. We learn that adopted children expect to be grateful for a home, and while some adopted children are grateful, even with loving homes, they yearn to know why they are different, why they were not good enough, and why their mothers didn’t love them. And, as they grow older, they are concerned about their inherited genetics and need to know if they are susceptible to future health problems, and, like Laureen Pittman, feel driven to make contact with their birth mothers. But, as Laureen Pittman discovers, some truths remain secrets because of “The Lies that Bind.” I found Laureen Pittman's story heartbreaking as well as heartwarming. I think it is a great read.