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The Lost Child of Philomena Lee : A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search - Martin Sixsmith

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee

A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

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Published: 21st May 2010
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A compelling story of family secrets, love and loss When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent at Roscrea in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic. Philomena's son, renamed Michael Hess, grew up to be a top Washington lawyer and a leading Republican official in the Reagan and Bush administrations. But he was a gay man in a homophobic party where he had to conceal not only his sexuality but, eventually, the fact that he had AIDs. With little time left, he returned to Ireland and the convent where he was born: his desperate quest to find his mother before he died left a legacy that was to unfold with unexpected consequences for all involved. The Lost Child of Philomena Lee is the tale of a mother and a son whose lives were scarred by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. A compelling narrative of human love and loss, Martin Sixsmith's moving account is both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive.

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    4.0

    Sad but true

    By Ginna

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      I enjoyed reading this story. The main character was complex and real - no hero him, but one could also admire him. I felt like I wanted to give him a hug of encouragement!

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      5.0

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        This book is heart wrenching. The book is more about the son, Michael Hess, than Philomena. I cried for this poor man and the internal torture he suffered. I recommend it hightly.

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        5.0

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          Comments about The Lost Child of Philomena Lee:

          It was riveting to learn of the life and heartache of Philomena, her son and other involved people. I was glad I saw the movie first as in the book the mystery is revealed early on. But the book is very worth the read as it details more of Micheal's (Anthony's) life.

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          5.0

          Sad but beautiful

          By Claire of Clare

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              True story

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              5.0

              Another unread

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              If film has followed story line of book it should be a good read

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                Delivered right to the door

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                ISBN: 9780330518369
                ISBN-10: 0330518364
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 356
                Published: 21st May 2010
                Publisher: Pan Macmillan
                Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3  x 3.2
                Weight (kg): 0.35