One of Bastaradette’s favorite books, Reading Adoption: Family and Difference in Fiction and Drama by the always awesome Dr. Marianne Novy is now in paperback. Here is some information about its release:
The University of Pittsburgh Book Center cordially invites you to celebrate the paperback release of Reading Adoption: Family and Difference inFiction and Drama, by Marianne Novy, Thursday, March 27, from noon until 2 at the Pitt Book Center, 4000 Fifth Avenue. There will be a brief talk at12:30 and light refreshments. RSVP by March 20, if possible, to .
“In Reading Adoption Marianne Novy takes us back to Oedipus, that quintessential adoptee, and to Shakespeare’s romance with parent-child reunions, as well as to orphans lost and found in modern English and American literature. And all the while she gives us insights into living adoption as she weaves her own story of reuniting with her birth mother, which is as absorbing as any of the fictional narratives she has guided us through.”
—Betty Jean Lifton, author of Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest For
“Profound and touching, deeply smart, the perfect blend of academic/intellectual and heartfelt humanity.”
—A.M. Homes, author of The Mistress’ Daughter and In the Country of Mothers
“A breath of fresh air…Illuminates the tension between families, birth and adoptive, that is always there, and is always much more complex than the all-nature or all-nurture camps try to make it…She makes us all question our dearly held myths and icons… makes us all think, not just feel, and . . she stretches our imagination to encompass the complexity and diversity of adoptees and adoption as it is lived. This is a groundbreaking book that should be read and discussed by all who are touched by adoption.”
—Mary Anne Cohen, editor of Origins, a birthmothers’ newsletter, in Bastard Quarterly
“Art imitates life and vice versa in Marianne Novy’s thought-provoking, even-handed analysis of the classic plot device, from ancient Greece to the present: the abandoned child. Drawing on her own experiences as a person adopted in the 1940s and as a mother, along with her probing insight as an academic, Novy explores the evolving definitions of ‘parent’ throughout literature and history with sensitivity, wisdom, and fairness.”
Photo of Marianne Novy by Bastardette, AAC Wakefield, MA, March 10, 2007
*does a quick look at the calendar*
I could be in the Burgh that day. (Also, my brother goes to Pitt. I live in Ohio now, which you know.)
Hmm. I wonder if I could swing this scheduling wise.