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Megan Culhane Galbraith

The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child's Memory Bookvolume 1

The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child's Memory Bookvolume 1

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"In its generous scope, Galbraith's book honors the depth and mystery of all human lives, whether we grew up with birth parents or not." --Mary Gaitskill

Shortly before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, adoptee Megan Culhane Galbraith was born in a Catholic charity hospital in New York City to a teenaged resident of the Guild of the Infant Saviour, a home for unwed mothers. Decades later, on the eve of becoming a mother herself, she would travel to the former guild site; to her birth mother's home in Scotland; and to Cornell University, where she discovered the startling history of its Domestic Economics program. There, from 1919 to 1969, coeds applied scientific principles to domesticity as they collectively mothered a rotating cast of babies awaiting adoption. The babies shared the last name Domecon and provided the inspiration for Galbraith's art project, The Dollhouse.

The Guild of the Infant Saviour is a dizzyingly inventive hybrid memoir of one adoptee's quest for her past. Galbraith pairs narrative with images from The Dollhouse as she weaves a personal and cultural history of adoption as it relates to guilt, shame, grief, identity, and memory itself. Ultimately, she connects her experiences to those of generations of adoptees, to the larger stories America tells about sex and motherhood, and to the shadows those stories cast on us all.

Author: Megan Culhane Galbraith
Publisher: Mad Creek Books
Published: 05/21/2021
Pages: 288
Weight: 1.06lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.60w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780814257913

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2021
About the Author
Megan Culhane Galbraith is a writer and visual artist. Her work was a Notable Mention in Best American Essays 2017, has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and has been published in Tupelo Quarterly, Redivider, Catapult, Hobart, Longreads, and Hotel Amerika, among others. She is Associate Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars and the founding director of the Governor's Institutes of Vermont Young Writers Institute.
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