The Wild Track Adopting, Mothering, Belonging

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Publisher's Synopsis

'A remarkable book...wise and arresting' Sarah Winman

'Exquisite... a deeply insightful memoir which charts our fundamental longings for place and identity, and ultimately our yearnings for love.' Helena Kennedy

Single, in her mid-forties and having experienced a sudden early menopause, a realisation comes to Peggy quietly, and clearly: she decides to adopt a child. But the preparation is arduous and the scrutiny intense. There are questions about past lives, about capability and expectations.

Asking big questions about identity and belonging, as well as about what makes a mother - and a home - this is a beautiful meditation on how the legacies of childhood might be overcome by a mother's determination to love.

'Extremely unusually thoughtful take on becoming a mother, enabled by removing babyhood and biology.' Guardian

Book information

ISBN: 9781529176612
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 362.734092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 224g
Height: 127mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 26mm