The Lies That Bind

An Adoptee's Journey Through Rejection, Redirection, DNA and Discovery

Non-Fiction - Memoir
191 Pages
Reviewed on 02/20/2019
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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.

Katherine Murdoch

Laureen Pittman's The Lies That Bind has left me with many gifts. I have old and new friends that are adoptees and have not really thought about life from their perspective until now. Ms Pittman shares her journey with humor, honesty and humility. I was captivated by the story itself and learned much about how one can begin to find biological relatives. I am eager to share this work with others and look forward to more work from Laureen Pittman!