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Missing persons : or, my grandmother's secrets / Clair Wills.

Wills, Clair, (author.).


"When Clair Wills was in her twenties, she discovered she had a cousin she had never met. Born in a mother-and-baby home in 1950s Ireland, Mary grew up in an institution not far from the farm where Clair spent happy childhood summers. Yet Clair was never told of Mary’s existence. How could a whole family -- a whole country -- abandon unmarried mothers and their children, erasing them from history? To discover the missing pieces of her family’s story, Clair searched across archives and nations, in a journey that would take her from the 1890s to the 1980s, from West Cork to rural Suffolk and Massachusetts, from absent fathers to the grief of a lost child. There are some experiences that do not want to be remembered. What began as an effort to piece together the facts became an act of decoding the most unreliable of evidence -- stories, secrets, silences. The result is a moving, exquisitely told account of the secrets families keep, and the violence carried out in their name." -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374611866
  • ISBN: 0374611866
  • Physical Description: xiv, 185 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2024.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in 2024 by Allen Lane, Great Britain" --title page verso.
Subject: Wills, Clair > Family.
Family secrets > Ireland > Biography.
Women > Ireland > Biography.
Unmarried mothers > Ireland > Biography.
Unplanned pregnancy > Ireland > History > 20th century.
Maternity homes > Ireland > History > 20th century.
Irish > England > Biography.
Ireland > Biography.
Genre: Informational works.
Family histories.
Illustrated works.

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  • 5 of 8 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 929.2094 WILLS 2024 (Text) 0001012544855 Nonfiction New Available -

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