Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother's Journey


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$23.95  $22.27
University of Georgia Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

KAREN SALYER MCELMURRAY is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Georgia College and State University. She has received dozens of honors, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Sherwood Anderson Award, and the James Purdy Prize for Fiction. She has published essays and stories in numerous magazines and journals.


This is a very moving and pungent narrative, which quickly engages the reader's imagination, as its gorgeously remembered details spill onto the page, not necessarily in chronological order but by patchwork design and as if on their own.

--Beverly Lowry "author of Crossed Over: A Murder, a Memoir "

Graceful, shocking, sensuous, and gritty, this book questions consequences. It ends at the beginning and begins at the end. A wonderful, almost unbearably honest book.

--Sheri Reynolds "The Rapture of Canaan "

Riveting and disturbing, McElmurray's poetic language and utter honesty lift this story into the realm of grace--finally, this dark memoir is an enlightening and redemptive work of art.

--Lee Smith

This book bears powerful testimony to the saving grace of imagination.


Not only a deeply moving personal story that takes great courage to tell, but also a beautiful and haunting exploration of the nature and the meaning of motherhood and love. McElmurray's lyrical, incantatory voice casts a magic spell.

--Janice Eidus "author of The Celibacy Club "

McElmurray transforms some of her life's more difficult experiences into pure poetry; where there once was pain, she creates beauty.

--Rosemary Daniell "author of Fatal Flowers "

Courageous in its honesty, stunning in its vision. McElmurray is a writer of enormous talent who explores the consequences of loss and grace and recovery in this hauntingly beautiful story of her life.

--Gwyn Hyman Rubio "author of Icy Sparks "

In this fresh, painfully honest, but very wise and beautifully written book, Karen McElmurray tells us how deeply some decisions affect us, ever afterwards.

--Reeve Lindburgh