Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search (Movie Tie-in) (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Nov 6, 2013 - History - 448 pages
89 Reviews
New York Times Bestseller

Now a major motion picture starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and nominated for four Academy Awards: the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years

When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a “fallen woman.” Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Philomena’s son was trying to find her. Renamed Michael Hess, he had become a leading lawyer in the first Bush administration, and he struggled to hide secrets that would jeopardize his career in the Republican Party and endanger his quest to find his mother.

A gripping exposé told with novelistic intrigue, Philomena pulls back the curtain on the role of the Catholic Church in forced adoptions and on the love between a mother and son who endured a lifelong separation.
  

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Author's writing was very plain and boring. - Goodreads
Very informative,easy to read and a good but sad story. - Goodreads
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My advice: see the movie and skip the book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kristen - Goodreads

I was disappointed because this book was 99% about the son instead of featuring both mother and son. It took almost 400 pages to get back to Philomena's side of the story. I think it would have been ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ree - Goodreads

I thought this was a book about Philomena's journey. Her story had very little to do with this book. The story is about the son she gave up for adoption. I guess I assumed it had more to do with her story. Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
THREE
FOUR
SEVEN
NINE
TWELVE
FOURTEEN
SIXTEEN
FOURTEEN
SIXTEEN
SEVENTEEN
THREE FOUR
SEVEN
NINE
ELEVEN
THIRTEEN

EIGHTEEN
TWENTY
THREE
THREE
FIVE
SEVEN
EIGHT NINE
TWELVE
FIFTEEN
SEVENTEEN
NINETEEN
TWENTYONE
TWENTYTHREE
EPILOGUE
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

Martin Sixsmith is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books and is a former BBC journalist and director of communications for the British government. He lives in London.

Judi Dench is one of the world’s most celebrated actresses and has received numerous awards for her work, including eleven BAFTA awards, two Golden Globes, a Tony Award, and an Academy Award. Her most recent films are The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Skyfall.

Martin Sixsmith is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books and is a former BBC journalist and director of communications for the British government. He lives in London.

Judi Dench is one of the world’s most celebrated actresses and has received numerous awards for her work, including eleven BAFTA awards, two Golden Globes, a Tony Award, and an Academy Award. Her most recent films are The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Skyfall.

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