Ithaka: A Daughter's Memoir of Being Found

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The voice on the other end of the line was soft, yet forthright: "Sarah, my name is Hannah Morgan. I think I'm your birth mother."

The phone call, wholly unexpected, instantly turned Sarah Saffian's world upside-down, threatening her sense of family, identity, self. Adopted as an infant twenty-three years before, living happily in New York, Sarah had been "found" by her biological parents despite her reluctance to embrace them.

In this searing, lyrical memoir, Sarah chronicles her painful journey from confusion and anger to acceptance and, finally, reunion--but not until three soul-searching years had passed. In spare, luminous prose, Sarah Saffian crafts a powerful story of self-discovery and belonging--a deeply personal memoir told with grace, eloquence, and compassion. At once heartbreaking and profoundly uplifting, Ithaka is sure to touch anyone who has grappled with who they are.

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I find it difficult writing reviews of memoirs - because assuming that the writer of the book achieves a basic satisfactory level of writing skill - and I review the story - well - aren't I reviewing ... Read full review

ITHAKA: A Daughter's Memoir of Being Found

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A vividly realized memoir by an adoptee who was eventually "found" by her birth parents. Journalist and former New York Daily News reporter Saffian shared a comfortable, upper-middle-class life with a ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Saffian is a former reporter for the New York Daily News.

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