In this riveting memoir a woman in post World War II Germany relinquishes her infant son Peter to an orphanage where he’s adopted by American parents and brought to the United States. Separated from family of origin and ancestral homeland, Peter grows up alienated in a family and culture he doesn’t understand. He returns to Germany believing happiness will come when finding his German family and reclaiming ethnic identity. But Peter’s hopes are crushed as his search twists into a desperate struggle to escape a labyrinth of total despair. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, this is the story of a man’s spiritual transformation where the protagonist must ultimately confront himself.
Adoptee Author: Peter Dodds
Publication Year: 1997