Alice Stephens - On Adoption, and the stories we tell about it.
From as early as I can remember, I knew I was adopted and I knew that I loved making up stories. I don’t know if I wanted to become a writer because I was adopted, or I would have wanted to be a writer no matter what path my life had taken. My adoption journey has included the examination of the intersection of adoption and literature in my life. The following is a curated selection of my adoption-related writing.
Four Novels that Get Adoption Right: As an adoptee, I know there are many misconceptions about adoption that still linger in the popular imagination. As an author, I regret that the majority of adoption novels being published today often promote those misconceptions. The good news is that there are some mainstream novels that do get adoption right. The bad news is that I could only come up with four.
That Kind of Mother: A review for the Los Angeles Review of Books on Rumaan Alam's novel about the egotism and privilege that can underlie acts that another telling might describe as wholly charitable and selfless.