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In Matthew Salesses’s poetic debut—one of the first novels written by a transracial adoptee with a transracial adoptee protagonist—a young man flees his crumbling family in America for Prague. As he finds some of the answers he’s been seeking his whole life, storms give way to a flood that slowly engulfs the city. Read an excerpt followed by a Q&A with the author. | BY MATTHEW SALESSES
We don’t hear much about the birth mother searches that don’t end with reunions—how do you explain that your heart is breaking for someone you’ve never known? But I am sharing my story in the hope that others may learn from my journey. | BY EMILY GREENE THORNTON
Black parents teach their children what awaits them outside the safety of their homes. White parents who have transracially adopted Black children must do the same. | BY CHAD GOLLER-SOJOURNER
Parents share whether they have photos of their child’s birth family displayed in their homes—where, why or why not, and how they talk about them.