Mark never gave much thought to being adopted. He certainly never considered the possibility that the sixteen-year-old girl that had given birth to him might have gone on to marry his biological father and have three more children: Rachel, Benjamin, and Vincent. Full-blooded siblings that didn’t know his name, what he was like, or that he was struggling to start a family with his wife in Oregon. And none of them could have imagined how much their reunion would change each of their lives. Love and Genetics is the true story of a family discovering and rediscovering itself. It is a story of fear and love and an astonishing act that would salve old wounds and provide the foundation for a new family together.
Told from the unique perspectives of Mark and Rachel, this collaborative memoir explores family, adoption, surrogacy, and the search for one's place in an increasingly disconnected world. It is intimate and engaging, humorous and poignant, and heartrendingly honest. Love and Genetics includes original correspondence and rarely-seen insights into the complex reunion of a biological mother and child, and a group of siblings who had no idea what they might find in each other. It's a story of nature versus nurture, and the challenges that surround both adoption and surrogacy. This story will resonate deeply with the many readers who have experienced adoption within their own families, those who have considered surrogacy or assisted reproduction, and with anyone who loves stories of real-life hope and heroism.
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What a remarkable memoir with the most fitting title. I was moved to tears several times. This true story of love, adoption, surrogacy and what it means to be family is an incredibly moving read.
This unique book begins by introducing a couple unable to have children due to a health problem. The husband, who is an adoptee, is reluctant to consider adoption before he finds hiś birth parents. As he begins this process he & his wife also research the expensive possibility of surrogacy. The rest of the story explores the choice they make, how the choice evolves and the people they meet along the way. The book is easily read & quickly engaged my interest. About halfway through it slows & the middle could be condensed. Those involved in the field of social work or psychology as well as those with a background in adoption or surrogacy will find it an informative & interesting read.