[Book Review] Bastards

Bastards, a memoir by Mary Anna King, details her complex relationship with her mother, her siblings, and the grandparents who adopted her.

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W. W. Norton & Company; 2015

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King is one of seven siblings — who were raised in five different homes. She recalls her early childhood with her birth mother, watching her place baby after baby for adoption. When she was seven, King and her brother were sent to live with her grandparents in Oklahoma, where she experienced stability, but little affection. Thoughts of her lost sisters haunted her over the next decade, until she began to hear from them in college. With each reunion, King reframed her idea of family.