Today I finished reading adoptee/author Pamela Slaton’s book titled Reunited : An Investigative Genealogist Unlocks Some of Life’s Greatest Family Mysteries.
I enjoyed it. Enjoy may be the wrong word. I do not enjoy regularly reading the painful stories of adoption separation, reunion, rejection and healing. I do however appreciate an individual’s ability to convey the stories in a respectful and poignant way.
I appreciated Pam’s inclusion of her own search and reunion story. Having her experience woven through the stories of others showed her empathy as well as her writing ability. I was very pleased that she shared a very balanced view of adoption reunion. Some were good stories, some were not, some were somewhere in between. Â All touched me. In between these stories, Pam shares her own thoughts on various aspects of reunion and again, overall, I completely agreed with her. I have helped in the search and reunion of over 200 friends. Much of the advice Pam recommends is advice I have given my own friends.
I recommend the book for anyone affected by adoption. It is a particularly good introduction for individuals just considering a search.