The Girls Who Went Away

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The hidden history of women who surrendered children for adoption in the decades before Roe v. Wade

girlswentawayby Ann Fessler

History (US), 362 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2006, reprinted 2007
ISBN-10: 0143038974
ISBN-13: 978-0143038979

In this deeply moving and myth-shattering work, Ann Fessler brings out into the open for the first time the astonishing untold history of the million and a half women who surrendered children for adoption due to enormous family and social pressure in the decades before Roe v. Wade. An adoptee who was herself surrendered during those years and recently made contact with her mother, Ann Fessler brilliantly brings to life the voices of more than a hundred women, as well as the spirit of those times, allowing the women to tell their stories in gripping and intimate detail.