Writing O(Ff) Family: Blood is thicker than water!

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This autoethnographic narrative explores temporal, situated interactions between myself as a reunited female adoptee with my birth mother and half-brother. I first met Jean, my birth mother in 2009 when I was 47 years old. Our relationship began optimistically, yet after only three months we experienced our first estrangement. In the eight years that followed, our relationship swung sporadically between times when we participated fully in each other’s lives to being completely estranged. During these eight years I would meet up with my half-brother, Geoff, only three times. This chapter reflects on one family get-together after years of unplanned silence between my half-brother and I.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWriting of(f) Family
EditorsLisa Spinazola, David Purnell
ISBN (Print)ISBN 9780367643379
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2022

Publication series

NameWriting Lives: Ethnographic and Autoethnographic Narratives


  • autoethnography
  • kinship
  • adoption
  • Blood
  • Estrangement


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