Publication Date: 10/01/2023 ISBN: 9780593111994 Category:

The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be

Shannon Gibney

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 10/01/2023 ISBN: 9780593111994 Category:
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Dream Country author Shannon Gibney returns with The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be, a book woven from her true story of growing up as a mixed-Black transracial adoptee and fictional story of Erin Powers, the name Shannon was given at birth, a child raised by a white, closeted lesbian.

At its core, the novel is a tale of two girls on two different timelines occasionally bridged by a mysterious portal and their shared search for a complete picture of their origins. Gibney surrounds that story with reproductions of her own adoption documents, letters, family photographs, interviews, medical records, and brief essays on the surreal absurdities of the adoptee experience.

The end result is a remarkable portrait of an American experience rarely depicted in any form. A genre-bending exploration of race and the search for personal identity. Gibney embraces the unknowable gaps in her own life story and uses her skill as a novelist to fill the holes.

Publisher Review

"An ambitiously authentic adoption story where fiction does the work of truth, and archives, correspondence, and health records provide the roots of fantasy."-Kirkus Reviews, starred "Gibney captures such interior and intimate adoptee feelings. It's so rare to see it evoked on the page. Breathtakingly beautiful."-Kimberly McKee, PhD, author of Disrupting Kinship: Transnational Politics of Korean Adoption in the United States

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