When You Never Said Goodbye
An Adoptee’s Search for Her Birth Mother
A Novel in Poems and Journal Entries
Eighteen-year-old adoptee and aspiring poet, Liz McLane, transfers to NYU in Greenwich Village for two reasons: New York City is the place to be a writer, and it’s where she last saw her birth mother, when, at five months old, she was given away. Liz is determined to find the answers to the questions that have always haunted her: “Who was the woman who gave me life?” and “Why was I given away?” Supported by her sister and friends, and with the help of a compassionate social worker and a private investigator, she pursues her search to its surprising conclusion.
“I loved everyone I met in these pages and felt every moment of deep love and deep loss. When You Never Said Goodbye is a gift to the world, a book you’ll want to read slowly, savoring both the eloquent writing and the brave, beautiful story.”
—Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming
“An all-around sparkling story of self-discovery.”
—Briana Shemroske, Booklist
Meg Kearney is an award-winning poet and author of two previous of books about Liz McLane, The Secret of Me and The Girl in the Mirror.
Hardcover / $17.95 (Can $23.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-479-9 / 280 pages / Young Adult Novel