B-Mother

B-Mother

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Hillary Birdsong's idyllic New England childhood is brought to a sudden halt by the death of her beloved older brother. Brokenhearted and emotionally abandoned by her mother, Hillary consoles herself with city boy Miles, and at sixteen finds herself pregnant and a shame to her family. With few choices available to her--her parents won't help her raise the child and the baby's father doesn't offer any support--she gives her baby boy up for adoption. Hillary endures the next eighteen years anticipating the day her natural-born son can legally contact her.
A touching portrait of a broken family, the effects of an adolescent's life-altering decision, and survival after the ravages of devastating loss, "B-Mother" is an exquisitely realized drama featuring a cast of characters you won't soon forget.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 144.8 x 208.3 x 25.4mm | 408.24g
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • United States
  • English
  • 0151013985
  • 9780151013982

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"I didn't want to stop holding him, feeling his dark peach fuzz tickling my face. I had only forty-eight hours. If I was lucky, maybe seventy-two.
""With absolute honesty and aching sentiment, without a trace of sentimentality, Maureen O'Brien's B-MOTHER draws the portrait of sixteen-year-old Hillary Birdsong, an unmarried mother caught between her own emotions and her parents' shame in a time that now seems very long ago and far away. B-Mother is an A-plus." -- Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of "The Deep End of the Ocean" and "Cage of Stars
""Maureen O'Brien has written a rich and satisfying, bittersweet and captivating story of one girl's rocky path to womanhood. Hillary Birdsong's story of love, loss, and recovery is so richly rendered it will lodge in your heart for all time." -- Jo-Ann Mapson, author of "The Bad Girl Creek" trilogy and "The Owl & Moon Cafe
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"Hillary is given honor and dignity by O''Brien''s painstaking, concrete imagining of her life."
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Hillary Birdsong's idyllic New England childhood comes to a sudden halt with the death of her beloved older brother. Brokenhearted, Hillary seeks consolation in city boy Miles. At sixteen she finds herself pregnant, a shame to her fractured family. With few choices available to her--her parents won't help her raise the child and Miles doesn't offer any support--she gives her baby boy up for adoption. And so, for the next eighteen years, she quietly and achingly yearns for the day her son might contact her.
A touching portrait of a broken family, the reverberating effects of an adolescent's necessarily adult decision, and survival after the ravages of devastating loss, "B-Mother" is an exquisitely realized drama, a story whose characters and moments of grace you won't soon forget.
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145 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
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4 32% (47)
3 34% (49)
2 11% (16)
1 1% (2)
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