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Missing Mila, Finding Family: An International Adoption in the Shadow of the Salvadoran Civil War (Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture Series) Paperback – 27 Oct 2011


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"The greatest contribution of this book, aside from the fact that the Ward and Escobar/Coto families' stories are compelling in their own right, is the telling of an ultimately courageous narrative about what is possible in the aftermath of atrocious human rights violations in Central America. Not just gangs of torturers, mafias of demobilized militaries, the victories of neoliberalism, and mass migration, but rich, complex lives marked by possibility and - if one can say it without being trite - healing." - Laura Briggs, University of Massachusetts "One of the most remarkable books I've read this year is Missing Mila, Finding Family by Margaret Ward, which leaves me with a strong sense that the adoption debate could be - should be - different. It is also a profoundly particular - and hence human - story about how two families, one Salvadoran, one in the U.S., work through their understanding of a wrenching series of events, including death, adoption, and the loss of a child, and somehow come out the other side with an extraordinary measure of grace...The greatest contribution of this book, though, aside from the fact that the Ward's and Escobar/Coto's families' stories are compelling in their own right, is the telling of an ultimately courageous narrative about what is possible in the aftermath of atrocious human rights violations in Central America." - Laura Briggs, somebodyschildren.com

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An incredible journey of empathy and love ... 25 Feb. 2015
By Karen Hurst - Published on Amazon.com
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Margaret Ward has written an extraordinary book about her family's international adoption. This true story is gripping and compelling. The author writes with scholarly accuracy and emotional clarity about her family's experiences. She details the history of the El Salvador dictatorship and the subsequent revolution. This book describes the journey of learning about their adopted son's family of origin and embracing them. Ward takes us on a remarkable journey of compassion, empathy and love.
The pinnacle of the book is the author's mental dialogue with her adopted son's mother and her wrenching decision to become a revolutionary while she was a mother.
The quality of the writing is superb and the lessons we take from this book are timeless and profound.
Missing Mila 23 Nov. 2012
By Laila - Published on Amazon.com
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Several months have passed since I read Missing Mila, Finding Family, and this compelling true story told by Margaret Ward remains in my mind. Parents quickly called to Honduras to meet their to-be-adopted son, mystery surrounding the boy's previous life, the whirlwind of emotions unleashed by Nelson's birth family relocating him in 1997, and the families coming together and forming strong bonds, all grasp the reader's attention from cover to cover. Nelson's deceased mother Mila's elusive presence is central to the story, as is the backdrop of the Salvadoran Civil War, where Nelson's birth parents were involved in clandestine activities as guerrillas. Beautifully written, carefully researched, heartwarming, and very highly recommended.
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missing mila 23 April 2012
By Ellen Sarkisian - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book, love having it. I had originally read it in the library, but wanted a copy of my own.
Extraordinary 19 Aug. 2012
By Ann Grantham - Published on Amazon.com
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Beneath the clearly written history of a far off Salvadoran civil war is the emotional account of a family who adopted a homeless child, only to learn 14 years later that he was being sought by his birth family. What follows is the coming to grips with this reality - with the voices of many involved individuals, resulting in a redefined sense of family love.
Excellent memoir. 13 Nov. 2013
By Margot Tutun - Published on Amazon.com
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Honest, forthright book, very moving story, not whitewashed. Well written, meticulously documented, and filled with fascinating historical background material on Central American politics.
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