Memoir of a Birth Mothers
by Ann H. Hughes
Otter Bay Books, 1999
cover of this book states that it is about healing through expanded
awarenessand about using spiritual alignment to create miracles.
Some readers may question exactly what the author means by
The gist of the story is that the author, a
birth mother, relinquished a daughter in 1966, and in 1989 begins to search
for her. The book does not spend a great deal of time or detail on the pregnancy
itself, other than a description of her uncertainty as to who the father
was, her mothers threat to disown her, and the decision for her to
go to an unwed mothers home. Unlike quite a few other birth mothers
stories, she does not give many details of the home itself, nor of the birth.
She does discuss her mothers making all of the decisions, including
signing the final papers, and her own return to her last year of college.
The reason given for her absence during the winter quarter was that she was
in Chicago working with autistic children, which seems like an
odd cover story, but most cover stories are equally as odd, and equally as
The author then proceeds with a marriage which
her parents are only too happy to pay for, to make her look
respectable. The authors mother has always put a great premium
on looking good and having the appearance of being perfect with a perfect
family. The marriage produces two children, and some years down the road,
the husband reveals that he is gay, and they part somewhat amicably, with
some more cover stories. The author gets involved in the Human Potential
Movement, though her description of the activities is somewhat more reminiscent
of the est movement.
Eventually, she realizes she must search for
her daughter, but rather than the standard search methods, which she makes
some use of, she consults an astrologer for advice, and regards this person
as a therapist. From that point on, the book is full of references to various
astrological terms, tarot card readings, and visualization sessions.
She does eventually find her daughter and is
reunited, but only after finding not one, but two, other young women, each
of whom she believes at first to be her daughter and then finds out they
are not; in the second case, this was only determined by DNA testing.
This book will not appeal to many readers,
and may appeal a great deal to those who are interested in astrology and
related fields. This reader found some parts quite interesting, and other
parts (such as dream sequences, and the detailed astrological readings)
Excerpted from the July 1999
edition of the Operation Identitiy Newsletter
© 1999 Operation Identity