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My Father's DaughterWhat do you wear to meet your father for the first time? In 2004 Hannah Pool knew about next season's lipstick colors than she did about Africa a beauty editor for The Guardian newspaper she juggled lattes and cocktails handbags and hangouts through her twenties just like any other beautiful independent Londoner Her white English adoptive relatives were beloved to her and were all the family she needed Okay if I treat it as a first date then I'm on home turf What image do I want to put across?Class This is a very readable and engaging memoir about a British journalist’s trip to Eritrea to meet her birth family As a baby Hannah Pool was adopted from an orphanage by a white couple then working in Sudan She grew up primarily in England and had no contact with her birth family until age 29 when she finally followed up on a letter a brother had sent her a decade before Meeting a cousin in London ultimately led to her taking a two week trip to Eritrea where she met her biological father several siblings and extended family Initially she arranged to meet the family in the capital Asmara but she wound up traveling to her father’s and sister’s remote villages to see their real lives and the place where she was bornThe book is an emotional memoir than a travelogue whether because the author is an especially sensitive person or because of the emotional nature of her trip probably a combination of the two she has a lot of feelings about everything and describes them in detail This basically works the subject matter is interesting and her writing is clear and engaging and makes for uick reading And we do get the chance to learn about Eritrea along with the author Ultimately though it’s a deeply personal story as the author struggles with her own identity with becoming part of a “new” family without betraying her adoptive father and siblings with trying to connect to family members with whom she has no common language and with her feelings about having been put up for adoptionDespite all that this memoir still feels fairly lightweight It is after all an entire book about a two week visit And it was published a mere two years after the trip an astonishingly uick turnaround especially if we assume close to a year for the editing and publishing process before the book hit the shelves It’s evident that the author was still processing events at the time she wrote it and she seems to struggle particularly with describing the effects of the trip on her life No doubt this was a life changing experience but at the time of this writing she hadn’t yet had the chance to see her Eritrean family again and instead writes about for instance seeking out Eritrean restaurants What I really want to read is the book she writes 20 or 30 years after the trip about how both her biological and adoptive families fit into her lifeThat said I’m glad the author still wrote this book; it provided a few pleasant evenings’ reading for me and would likely offer a much deeper connection for those who share some of the author’s experiences Certainly worth seeking out for those interested in Eritrea or international adoption

Hannah Pool ☆ My Father's Daughter Book

Ic rather than trendy and if my G string doesn't pop out I should be able to carry the whole thing off Contacted by relatives she didn't know she had she decided to visit Eritrea the war torn African country of her birth and answer for herself the daunting uestions every adopted child asks Imagine what it's like to never have seen another woman or man from your own family To spend your life looking for clues in the faces of strangersWe all need to know why we were given up What Hannah Pool learned Return to EritreaAround the time I visited Eritrea I read two books one about an Eritrean refugee making the treacherous journey out of Eritrea and the other about Hannah Pool a British journalist who was born in a remote village in Eritrea and adopted from an orphanage leaving a family she had never met They complimented each other and both in their own ways educated me on this country that I knew so little aboutHannah's mother had died giving birth to her and her father who already had a large family put her into an orphanage for care The couple who adopted her were told that her parents were dead and she was adopted into Norway and then UK as the coloured daughter of white parents For many years she had no idea that she had any family other than her adopted one until at the age of 19 she received a letter from her brother informing her that her father was still alive She was dumb struck all these years she had believed that she had no living relatives and here were a brother and father in oneHowever she didn't want to hurt her adoptive father and wasn't sure of her own feelings so it was another 10 years until she followed up on the letter It turned out that she had a cousin visiting London and so her first move was to meet up with him From him she learned that she had many sisters and brothers and that her father was still living At the age of 29 she finally found the courage to make the journey to the land of her birth and meet her large familyThe trip involved a number if issues primarily the fact that she could only communicate directly with family members who spoke English; she had only a few words in her native tongue She also found it very strange to find that after being so obviously black amongst so many whites in her adopted country she now melded with the huge crowd of Eritreans when she arrived at the airport only to discover that there were things about her that they could detect and thus label her as an 'incomer' and put her into another sub set of the populationHer original plan to meet with her family in the capital Asmara developed into a wish to see them in their home villages and see the home where she was born This journey into the hinterlands was my favourite part of the book a fascinating travelogue What she found there was eye opening and made her think again about her wish that she had been allowed to stay with her birth familyThis was a fascinating story told with raw emotion My only issue with it was that Hannah spent a bit too long on some of the emotional issues shall I leave this room no I'll just stay here but I must gonot a literal uote until the repetition became irritating Otherwise an excellent view into adoption into a different coloured family and the reunion with family that she had long believed deadAlso readParadise Denied by Zekarias Kebraeb 5stars

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Book ✓ My Father's Daughter Ç 288 pages Ñ Dogsalonbristol ´ ➹ [Reading] ➻ My Father's Daughter By Hannah Pool ➮ – What do you wear to meet your father for the first time? In 2004 Hannah Pool knew about next season's lipstick colors than she did aboutOn her journey forms a narrative of insight wisdom wit and warmth beyond all expectations When I stepped off the plane in Asmara I had no idea what lay ahead or how those events would change me and if I'd thought about it too hard I probably wouldn't have gotten farther than the baggage claim A story that will send shivers down your spine The Bookseller My Fathers' Daughter follows Hannah Pool's brave and heartbreaking return to Africa to meet the family she lost and the father she thought was dead My Fathers' Daughter by Hannah Pool was a well thought out memoir She took us on a journey through her experience of adoption and retracing her roots The true details of what it was like to be face to face with the family that gave her up nearly 30 years ago This book deserves 4 stars because I felt like I was in Hannah's shoes and a part of her journey back home She shared what it was like to live in a household where no one looked like her in a very respectable manner I enjoyed reading her memoir in a humors way She was able to bring light to her situation and not feel as though she would never be able to find her true identityImagine what it's like to never have seen another woman or man from your own family To spend your life looking for clues in the faces of strangersWe all need to know why we were given up Hannah Pool Although she came to realize that it was actually in her interest to be adopted given the financial circumstances her biological family endured she still needed answers as to why it was her and not her other siblings Who she belonged to where she came from and her blood relatives uestions which she had been receiving all her life but didn't have the answers to In class we just got done with writing children’s stories One of the difficult topics to explain to children was adoption Children who are given up for adoption live their lives wondering why they were separated from their family They want to know if it was their fault or if they could have done something differently in order to prevent the adoption This book is great for teenagers who want to know about others around them and how someone's life can change if they are given up for adoption Or what it's like to live in a household with people you don't look like while knowing you have family across the country and you don't even know their names or what they look like