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Author Bishop, Mary Carter, author.

Title Don't you ever : my mother and her secret son / Mary Carter Bishop.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Bishop Family BIS    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description viii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Contents Part I: Two funerals. Losing the brother I hardly knew ; Losing the mother I thought I knew -- Part II: The parents who raised me. My mother: gentle hands and foul moods ; My father: joy, wonder, and self-hate -- Part III: Our world. The kingdom of the rich ; The people in the big house -- Part IV: The lie. Original shame ; On her own ; Polly and Roy ; Freaky little bastard ; Truth at the kitchen stove -- Part V: Finding and losing Ronnie. I walk into his barbershop ; We get acquainted ; What was wrong ; Trying to help ; Losses, gains, losses -- Part VI: Learning still. Unearthing Ronnie ; Our family shrivels -- Part VII: A finer sifting. I draw closer ; Walking with them.
Summary While applying for a passport as an adult, Mary Carter Bishop made a shocking discovery: she had a secret half brother. Her mother told Mary Carter that the abandoned boy was a "youthful mistake" from an encounter with a married man. Nine years later, Mary Carter tracked Ronnie down at the barbershop where he worked and found a near-broken man -- someone kind and happy to meet her, but someone deeply and irreversibly damaged by a life of neglect and abuse at the hands of an uncaring system. He was also disfigured due to a rare condition that would eventually kill him. Digging deep into her family's lives for understanding, Mary Carter unfolds a sweeping narrative of religious intolerance, poverty, fear, ambition, class, and social expectations. A riveting memoir about a family haunted by a shameful secret, Don't You Ever is a powerful story of a woman's search for her long-hidden sibling and of the factors that profoundly impact our individual destinies."--Adapted from book jacket.
Subject Bishop, Mary Carter -- Family.
Brothers and sisters -- United States -- Biography.
Family secrets.
Acromegaly -- Patients -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9780062400734 (hardcover)
0062400738 (hardcover)

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