Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search (Movie Tie-in) (Google eBook)
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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Review: Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year SearchUser Review - Bridget - Goodreads
I was so moved by Philomena the movie, that it was with great eagerness that I began reading this book. I hate to be harsh, but I can't hold back: this book is garbage and totally lacks credibility ... Read full review
Review: Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year SearchUser Review - Anna Wencl - Goodreads
It's hard to know how much of the dialogue and story is based on truth. It troubled me a bit to learn so much about a man who isn't alive to defend himself and share his story. Beyond that, I enjoyed the book. Read full review