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This book is much more wide ranging than the film,
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This review is from: The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search (Paperback)
I went to see the film and loved it. I bought the book because various friends said I should. I am very glad that I did. I learnt a great deal about the terrible losses endured by the "illegitimate" children who were given up to the Catholic Church in Ireland in the 1950's. The book delves into the life of Michael Hess in much more detail than it does in the film. I learned a great deal from Hess' life, American politics in the Regan era, homophobia and the Aids crisis of the 1980's and I cried often at the cruelty inflicted on Michael Hess by his adoptive father. In other ways the film is much more of an emotional journey - I recommend them both as essential works towards our growing understanding of trauma, especially the trauma of being an adopted child when it is done in secrecy and shame.