When You Never Said Goodbye: An Adoptee's Search for Her Birth Mother: A Novel in Poems and Journal Entries

Meg Kearney (Author)


A student at NYU in Greenwich Village, Liz McLane is pursuing her dream of becoming a poet and, at the same time, determined to find her birth mother, no matter what the results may be. Through her journals, Liz records her struggle to navigate adoption bureaucracy and laws. In spare and poignant poems, she confides her fears and her prayers. Could her birth mother be the unknown guitarist in Washington Square Park, who sings a soulful song in a strangely familiar voice? Against a backdrop of college life--classes on Alice Munro and Billy Collins and an active social life--and with the help of her sister, friends, and a private investigator, Liz summons the courage to face the truth about her mother and herself.

This is an unforgettable novel full of heart that addresses the primary questions all adoptees must answer for themselves: who was the woman who gave me life, and why did she decide to give me away? Based on author Meg Kearney's own experiences.

Product Details

Persea Books
Publish Date
March 21, 2017
5.6 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Meg Kearney is the author of The Secret of Me and The Girl in the Mirror. She has written two prize-winning poetry collections for adults and a critically acclaimed and popular picture book for children, Trouper (Scholastic). Before becoming founding director of the low-residency MFA at Pine Manor College (Chestnut Hlil, MA), Kearney was Assoc. Director of the National Book Foundation, sponsor of the National Book Awards, for 11 years.


...poet Kearney draws 18- year-old Liz McLane's years-long search for her birth mother to a close.. Liz's first-person account unfolds in a series of sincere and succinct (often no longer than a page) journal entries, haikus, villanelles, letters, and more. While the search itself no doubt fuels the narrative, Liz's flourishing friendships, depictions of an ever-bustling Big Apple, and dogged devotion to her craft of poetry add considerable depth to the already gripping journey... suggested reading, including guides to poetics as well as adoption registries, clinch this one's status as both an enlightening resource and an all-around sparkling story of self-discovery.
Through journal entries and varied styles of poems, Kearney sensitively conveys Liz's journey of discovery; the answer she's been seeking, though unexpected, brings her peace of mind.
Thoughtful and brimming with justified teen angst, Kearney's fast-paced tale offers illuminating insights into the perils and rewards of self-discovery.