Without A Map

Without A Map

A Memoir

Book - 2007
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Meredith Hall's moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving her baby up for adoption, Hall wanders recklessly through the Middle East, where she survives by selling her possessions and finally her blood. She returns to New England and stitches together a life that encircles her silenced and invisible grief. When he is twenty-one, her lost son finds her. Hall learns that he grew up in gritty poverty with an abusive father--in her own father's hometown. Their reunion is tender, turbulent, and ultimately redemptive. Hall's parents never ask for her forgiveness, yet as they age, she offers them her love. What sets Without a Map apart is the way in which loss and betrayal evolve into compassion, and compassion into wisdom.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9780807072738
0807072737
Branch Call Number: B HALL MEREDITH
Characteristics: xxv, 221 p. ; 23 cm.

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AL_AMY Jan 05, 2017

This is not an easy read emotionally, although it is well written and I felt compelled to keep reading despite the deep sadness I felt for the author. I felt like there were gaps in the story that made it made it confusing to figure out how the author made it from the darkest days of her life to a place of compassion and acceptance, both of herself and those who caused her pain. Ultimately, the story ends on an uplifting and inspiring note, but the troubling circumstances leading up to it have lingered for me.

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buchwurm01
Dec 02, 2011

A different way of writing but I enjoyed it very much

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