Family Love and Myth in Transracial Adoptions

Fri. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Memoirists Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know) and Susan Harness (Bitterroot) discuss growing up as transracial adoptees, yearning to belong, and struggling to find their birth families. They encounter both heartbreak and joy in these captivating explorations of family myth and culture. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“This book moved me to my very core. . . . [All You Can Ever Know] should be required reading for anyone who has ever had, wanted, or found a family―which is to say, everyone.” ―Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere

“Chung’s memoir is more than a thoughtful consideration of race and heritage in America. It is the story of sisters finding each other, overcoming bureaucracy, abuse, separation, and time.” ―The New Yorker

Bitterroot is an inspiration—one woman’s quest to find herself among the racial, cultural, economic, and historical fault lines of the American West. A compelling, important memoir, as tenaciously beautiful as the flower for which it’s named.” —Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, author of Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams

“A page-turner of a memoir that illuminates a great historical injustice. With wit and a sturdy heart, Susan Harness plumbs her own and the American West’s uneasy past to shed the burden of living ‘in between’ and find wholeness. A compelling and moving story.” —John Calderazzo, author of Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives