Baker & Taylor
The author, who at 32 years old experienced early menopause, chronicles her tireless efforts to adopt a Guatemalan child, including uprooting her life and moving to Antigua in order to navigate the thorny adoption process and finally bring her daughter home. Original.Perseus Publishing
This gripping memoir details an ordinary American woman’s quest to adopt a baby girl from Guatemala in the face of overwhelming adversity. At only 32 years old, Jessica O’Dwyer experiences early menopause, seemingly ending her chances of becoming a mother. Years later, married but childless, she comes across a photo of a two-month-old girl on a Guatemalan adoption website ? and feels an instant connection. From the get-go, Jessica and her husband face numerous and maddening obstacles. After a year of tireless efforts, Jessica finds herself abandoned by her adoption agency; undaunted, she quits her job and moves to Antigua so she can bring her little girl to live with her and wrap up the adoption, no matter what the cost. Eventually, after months of disappointments, she finesses her way through the thorny adoption process and is finally able to bring her new daughter home. Mamalita is as much a story about the bond between a mother and child as it is about the lengths adoptive parents go to in their quest to bring their children home. At turns harrowing, heartbreaking, and inspiring, this is a classic story of the triumph of a mother’s love over almost insurmountable odds.Blackwell Publishing
Mamalita is as much a story about the bond between a mother and child as it is about the lengths adoptive parents go to in their quest to bring their children home. At turns harrowing, heartbreaking, and inspiring, this is a classic story of the triumph of a mother's love over almost insurmountable odds.
"Mamalita is the story of a woman's fight to bring home her Guatemalan-born daughter, in the face of huge obstacles. But Jessica O'Dwyer has written more than an adoption story. Her book explores the nature of parenthood---the fierce love and loyalty that makes it possible for us to do more than we ever knew we were capable of. It's a terrific adventure story with an unlikely heroine who discovers that she is stronger and braver than she ever knew. I was rooting for her all the way through to the book's gripping and deeply moving ending."---Joyce Maynard, author of Labor Day, At Home in the World, To Die For
"As an adoptive mother to two teens born in Latin America, I couldn't put Mamalita down. This honest and balanced memoir reveals the challenges and rewards of international adoption like no other book I've ever read. I recommend it to anyone involved in adoption, and for those who wonder what it feels like to be part of that experience."---Leceta Chisholm Guibault, former board member of the Adoption Council of Canada, staff member of the TIES Program (Adoptive Families Homeland Journeys), and recipient of an Adoption Advocate Award