Adoption stories in modern novels; #adoption is everywhere, whether you like it or not, Joan M Wheeler or Doris or whatever you call yourself.
Memoirs are just ‘constructions’ of one’s life and not necessarily THE truth! Joan/Doris continues to CONSTRUCT her ‘true’ life story (more on that at the end of this post).
First here is a book review…of sorts
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry By Gabrielle Zevin
Generally not my choice to read, it was chosen by a book club. While the jacket stuff sounded interesting and even intriguing, on the whole the story is too light weight, full of contemporary references and views that do not interest me. I wondered whom the ‘audience’ was that the author was trying to reach. While it is true that in many stories there are ‘twists’ that are not anticipated. The twists in this story somehow missed their marks.
Much of the writing and ‘ideas’ seem too contrived (invented or fabricated) going back and forth from juvenile to more a mature thinking; for example, the use of real author’s books with a commentary by the fictional character as chapter headings. But this, interjection of other books and authors, did not override the lightness, cuteness or other attempts to make this a ‘feel-good’ book when there were certain tragedies in the entire. It left me wondering…what’s the point…that the author was trying to get across?
What really got me, into the story and kept me reading, was a possible REAL life circumstance of a young child being left at the book store with only a desperate note from the child’s mother…please take care of her. Then the next day that mother is found dead, a suicide. Initially A. J. Fikry does what any person would do, take custody and care of child until the ‘authorities’ can get there, in 3 days’ time, to take the child into foster care and eventually into adoption.
This is where LOVE comes into to play. Fikry not only falls in love with the child but sees where he can help both his and the child’s lives, for the better. He chooses adoption! And of course, presto, the social worker and the system immediately, without question, grant the child to him! It is presented in a warm, loving, caring feel-good way that does NOT represent the reality of such a situation and circumstances!
Regardless of my opinions of the writing and story lines, this book does give an example of real life circumstances where ADOPTION may be the only option.
This book also brings out an example of how memoirs are just ‘constructions’ of one’s life and not necessarily THE truth.
^^^^ end of my thoughts on this book^^^^
Much of Joan/Doris’s writing is like this book; full of juvenile thoughts, fabrications, trying to fit too many characters and circumstances around HER theme, that adoption did her wrong and is wrong. I write BETTER, DEEPER blog posts that all the BOOKS and rants that Joan/Doris writes!
Here are links to my second blog and a Facebook page wherein I expose AGAIN the lies, fabrications and hate that Joan M Wheeler (Doris Michol Sippel) says about me and family. The first book ‘Forbidden Family, A Half Orphan’s Account of Her Adoption, Reunion and Social Activism‘ published in 2009, was pulled from publication by the publisher in May 2011 due to libelous material in it. Then in 2015, she ‘self-published’ a ‘revised’ version calling it ‘Forbidden Family, an adoptee duped by adoption’, being her own editor and owner. This woman has no shame no sense of family honor! Then in 2016 Joan changed her name back to her birth name and reedited and republished the SAME crap in another book; a Third edition! CALLED ‘Forbidden Family: An Adopted Woman’s Struggle for Identity’! Talk about conning people!
this blog’s title/sub title is… DUPED BY ADOPTION & AN WOMAN’S STRUGGLE FOR IDENTITY, A BOOK STUDY an in-depth analyzes of the books called Forbidden Family; My Life as an Adoptee Duped by adoption & An Adopted Woman’s Struggle for Identity by Joan M Wheeler/Doris M Sippel.