Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

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Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

Format:  Paperback,

420 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Nov 2013

ISBN-13: 9780143124726

ISBN-10: 0143124722

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Judi Dench: the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years
When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman." Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Philomena's son was trying to find her. Renamed Michael Hess, he had become a leading lawyer in the first Bush administration, and he struggled to hide secrets that would jeopardize his career in the Republican Party and endanger his quest to find his mother.
A gripping expose told with novelistic intrigue, "Philomena" pulls back the curtain on the role of the Catholic Church in forced adoptions and on the love between a mother and son who endured a lifelong separation.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Nov 2013
ISBN-13: 9780143124726
ISBN-10: 0143124722
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 420
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.5 x 1.0

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Judi Dench: the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years

When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a “fallen woman.” Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Philomena’s son was trying to find her. Renamed Michael Hess, he had become a leading lawyer in the first Bush administration, and he struggled to hide secrets that would jeopardize his career in the Republican Party and endanger his quest to find his mother.

A gripping exposé told with novelistic intrigue, Philomena pulls back the curtain on the role of the Catholic Church in forced adoptions and on the love between a mother and son who endured a lifelong separation.

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Rated 3 out of 5★ by 2reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5★ by leaves a lot to be desired Loved the movie...It inspired me to read the book...But who ever wrote the screenplay only used about the last 15 pages of the story to write the movie.....The whole book was from the point of the son & how miserable his life was because he missed his mother who he thought didn't want him & how screwed up his life was because he was gay.... I could have cut about 250 pages out of the book & got just as much out of it.... Only the last 15 pages finally deal with his mother & her plight to find her son.... All the scenes of her going the convent & going to America appear to be poetic license on the part of the screen writer...... Very, very disappointed in the book after I saw the movie....No comparison ....Still love the movie 01/06/2014
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Movie is about Philomena, book is about the son If you loved the movie, you will love the book. The movie was focused on Philomena but of course they had Dame Judi. The book is full of much more detail and is really focused on Michael her son. The movie made some changes to make the story work better but the book gives you all of the details of the backstory of the Irish child adoption system, the adoptive family, the son and his sister and then gives you Philomena's story as well. I would recommend both. 01/11/2014
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