By: Julie Ryan McGue
She Writes Press, 2021
Julie is adopted. She is also a twin. Because their adoption was closed, she and her sister lack both a health history and their adoption papers―which becomes an issue for Julie when, at forty-eight years old, she finds herself facing several serious health issues.
Julie's search for her birth relatives spans years and involves a search agency, a PI, a confidential intermediary, a judge, an adoption agency, a social worker, and a genealogist. By journey's end, what began as a simple desire for a family medical history has evolved into a complicated quest―one that unearths secrets, lies, and family members that are literally right next door.
About the Author
Julie Ryan McGue is an adult adoptee and identical twin. Her award-winning memoir, Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family and Belonging, released in May 2021. It is about the search for her birth relatives. On her weekly blog, That Girl This Life, Julie writes about identity, family, and making sense of life’s quirky moments.
Julie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University, and a M. M. in Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University. She splits her time between NW Indiana and Sarasota, Florida. Julie is currently working on a second memoir and a collection of personal essays.
To learn more about Julie Ryan McGue and her work, please see www.juliemcgueauthor.com