Author Molly McCaffrey’s second book will be released with Mint Hill Books, an imprint of Main Street Rag Publishing, on June 30.
McCaffrey will launch her book tour for You Belong to Us at 6 p.m. July 7 at the Bob Kirby Branch of Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green. The event is free and open to the public.
On April 5, 1970, Molly McCaffrey was born in a Catholic hospital and given up for adoption when she was 6 weeks old. Nearly 30 years later, she met her birthmother who had spent the time since McCaffrey’s birth working at that same hospital, in that same ward—labor and delivery—wondering what had become of the baby she had long ago named Anne Marie. But something else occurred shortly after McCaffrey’s birth. Her birthmother married her birthfather. And together they had four more children, giving McCaffrey an entire biological family she didn’t know existed. A family that owned a biker bar. A family that karaoked together. A family that gave each other guns at Christmas. A family that she had virtually nothing in common with. You Belong To Us tells the story of McCaffrey’s attempt to connect and find common ground across that span of years as well as class and educational lines. The book follows more than a decade in the lives of her unconventional family and asks the question that lies at the heart of adoption: Do we belong to the people with whom we share our blood? Or do we belong to those who raise us?
Joe Blair, author of By the Iowa Sea, which was chosen by Publishers Weekly as a top 10 memoir of 2012, calls You Belong to Us, “A bare-naked plunge into the murky waters of nature, nurture, and an adopted daughter’s search for her true identity. Molly McCaffrey has written a brave and important book.”
WKU English professor Tom C. Hunley says, “McCaffrey holds nothing back. This compelling memoir deepens questions about nature versus nurture, forcing readers to confront sides of themselves they may not have previously known or acknowledged.”
For information, visit http://www.mollymccaffrey.com.
Contact: Molly McCaffrey, (270) 792-8833