Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption

Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption

by Nancy McCabe

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The baby is screaming again. My baby. I hoist her off the narrow hotel bed--again--and try to cradle her as I rock my torso back and forth in an uncomfortable straight-backed chair.

This baby does not cradle. She doesn't know how to cuddle, to be soothed in anyone's arms. She howls and arches away, squirms and flops, a sixteen-pound fish out of water. I'm not used to holding babies, and she's not used to be being held, but when I try to put her down, she wails. My arms feel chafed, raw, and my wrists ache from the hours of straining to hang on to her.

Huge tears pool in her eyes. These tears could break my heart. These screams could break my eardrums.

          After years as a temporary college instructor with no real home—her family and longtime friends scattered—Nancy McCabe yearned to settle down, establish a place she could call home, and rear a child there. A tough academic job market led her to accept a position at a church-connected college in the deep South, a move that felt like an uneasy return to the conservative environment of her childhood that she thought she had left behind. McCabe had many reservations about rearing a child alone in this climate, but the desire to become a mother would not go away.               Meeting Sophie tells the story of McCabe adopting a Chinese daughter and the many obstacles she faced during the adoption and adjustment process as she renegotiated her role within her family and fought difficulties in her job. Especially poignant is her struggle to bond with a sick, grieving baby while in a foreign country during political unrest—followed, upon her return to the U.S., by a devastating loss and a career crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826264459
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Publication date: 10/06/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 937,022
File size: 529 KB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Nancy McCabe’s creative nonfiction has won a Pushcart Prize and been listed in Best American Essays twice. She is the author of After the Flashlight Man: A Memoir of Awakening and the Assistant Professor of Writing and Director of Writing Programs at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford.

Table of Contents

Contents Prologue: China, 1999 1 I. South Carolina 00 II. China 00 III. Missouri 00 IV. Pennsylvania 00

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Adoption China, Intercountry adoption China, Intercountry adoption United States, Single mothers United States, Adoptive parents United States

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story I stumbled upon. Nancy McCabe is a natural writer. Her story captured me on the first page. Her journey, her struggles with family and employment had me in her corner all the way. God Bless you and your daughter Nancy. Please keep writing, your a natural!!!!!!