The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee

By Martin Sixsmith

  • Release Date: 2010-07-02
  • Genre: Politics & Current Affairs
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Description

When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent at Roscrea in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

Philomena's son, renamed Michael Hess, grew up to be a top Washington lawyer and a leading Republican official in the Reagan and Bush administrations. But he was a gay man in a homophobic party where he had to conceal not only his sexuality but, eventually, the fact that he had AIDs. With little time left, he returned to Ireland and the convent where he was born: his desperate quest to find his mother before he died left a legacy that was to unfold with unexpected consequences for all involved.

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee is the tale of a mother and a son whose lives were scarred by the forces of hypocrisy on both sides of the Atlantic and of the secrets they were forced to keep. A compelling narrative of human love and loss, Martin Sixsmith's moving account is both heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive.

Reviews

  • Fantastic.

    5
    By chrislmurray
    I can honestly say, this is one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read. It tells a touching and personal story, and is very well-written. It addresses a number of important issues. Couldn’t put it down and finished the whole book in under two days. Definitely recommend it.
  • Excellent read

    5
    By Heather294
    I saw the film and felt compelled to read the book, it a touching, yet terrible story of how a young mother was forced to give up her child. Despite this it's well written and difficult to put down.

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