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.
|Title of host publication||Writing of(f) Family|
|Editors||Lisa Spinazola, David Purnell|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 11 Sep 2019|