May the Circle Be Unbroken: An Intimate Journey
Into the Heart of Adoption
Lynn C. Franklin
May the Circle Be Unbroken is both a poignant memoir of a woman who reunited with
a child she gave up for adoption and a no-nonsense book that gives readers an intelligent
and well-informed approach to adoption. The two are woven seamlessly into a complex and
engaging story that is, in fact, many stories from many people that form a complete picture
of the varied and often fulfilling experience of adoption.
In the 1960s, when she was an unmarried college sophomore, Lynn Franklin surrendered her
newborn son for adoption. Using her own story as a point of departure, Franklin examines
the changing face of adoption and explores the uncertainties and emotions that surround it
with rare honesty and perception.
Moving and enlightened, May the Circle Be Unbroken will prove invaluable for readers
concerned with the practical, emotional, and legal aspects of adoption, whether they are
thinking of making an adoption plan for their child or hoping to be chosen as suitable parents
for someone else's child. Franklin demystifies adoption and offers essential comfort to those
who have felt, firsthand, the impact of adoption on their lives. She has dialogues with children
of adoption who discuss the struggle to come to terms with their feelings of loss and abandonment
and the difficulty of forging an identity without knowing their biological heritage. She gives
equal time to those who became parents through an abundance of human affection rather than by
biology, by audition rather than chance.
Franklin covers the changing face of adoption and virtually every possible form of adoption,
but, perhaps most important, she speaks to adoptees wondering if they should search for their
mothers and to women who have relinquished a child and are wondering if they are emotionally
able to reconnect. While her own powerful story anchors the book, it is her voice as a birth
mother that will distinguish this book from others on the subject. It will also resonate
emotionally for people who have no individual experience of adoption, but who, like any of us,
struggle with the universal issues of loss, identity, and personal reconciliation.
Since finding her son, Franklin has come to know his wife and children, who also have become
an important part of her life. In so doing, she has closed one of life's most precious circles.