by Shannon Gibney
A Booklist starred review, this 2023 "speculative memoir of transracial adoption" is a unique and surreal look into the many possible selves that all live within the author. Adopted by white parents, Gibney learns the name given to her at birth by her biological mother and spins an alternate storyline of how that version of herself might have turned out. Included letters and photographs add to the raw authenticity of this genre-bending self-reflection. Gibney's story challenges the trope of the "lucky adoptee" and gives readers a sense of the imperfections of the adoption process. Gibney has a short story included in the upcoming "When We Become Ours: A YA Adoptee Anthology".
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