Gritty depiction of an adopted girl’s journey into adulthood starting in 1970s New Zealand. Annie’s story unearths the dark truths about adoption while shedding light on the fact that it’s not always what it’s made out to be, juxtaposed in this beautifully presented children’s-style book for grown-up adoptees. Her words sit against the raw and evocative illustrations of her half-brother Sparrow Phillips (Component), a prominent New Zealand street artist.
Adoption has a long history of being a celebrated act of love, charity, & saviourism. However, there has been a growing number of investigations & reports indicating that adoption is not what we have been led to believe.
Why must I go to court to gain access to my identity?
Why was it considered necessary to erase my past?
Why are the adopted treated as second-class citizens?
Why are we all repeating this flawed ideology?
Why are only some people considered tabula rasa?
Adoptee Author: Annie O
Publication Year: 2022