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  • A Memoir of Self-Discovery
  • Written by: Harrison Mooney
  • Narrated by: Harrison Mooney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Invisible Boy

Written by: Harrison Mooney
Narrated by: Harrison Mooney
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WINNER – 2023 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writers Prizes for Nonfiction

FINALIST – Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction

FINALIST – Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction

A narrative that amplifies a voice rarely heard—that of the child at the centre of a transracial adoption—and a searing account of being raised by religious fundamentalists

Harrison Mooney was born to a West African mother and adopted as an infant by a white evangelical family. Growing up as a Black child, Harry’s racial identity is mocked and derided, while at the same time he is made to participate in the fervour of his family’s revivalist church. Confused and crushed by fundamentalist dogma and consistently abused for his colour, Harry must transition from child to young adult while navigating and surviving zealotry, paranoia and prejudice.

After years of internalized anti-Blackness, Harry begins to redefine his terms and reconsider his history. His journey from white cult to Black consciousness culminates in a moving reunion with his biological mother, who waited twenty-five years for the chance to tell her son the truth: she wanted to keep him.

This powerful memoir considers the controversial practice of transracial adoption from the perspective of families that are torn apart and children who are stripped of their culture, all in order to fill evangelical communities’ demand for babies. Throughout this most timely tale of race, religion and displacement, Harrison Mooney’s wry, evocative prose renders his deeply personal tale of identity accessible and light, giving us a Black coming-of-age narrative set in a world with little love for Black children.

©2022 Harrison Mooney (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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We all must read this book

I recommend this book to everyone who has ever thought about the effects of white people adopting non-white children, about taking children from their mothers, about our society's unwillingness to support young mothers. Christianity has always been a tool of oppressors against "others," the non-white peoples of the earth. Harrison Mooney reveals his very personal experience as a young Black man being erased and then dismissed by the White culture, faith and family that did not really want him to exist. The last chapter is an empowering rebirth and reconnection to who he will become.

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Required listening

What a deeply moving book—the author’s experiences are more contemporary than is comfortable to think. Unflinchingly honest and impossibly kind, we hear his experiences as they happened. 10/10 recommend.

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Insightful and provocative

A must read for anyone involved with adoption. Raw, honest and insightful. Engaging, well written and heart wrenching. This novel opens the doors on self examination and highlights another side of racism.

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Feeling 'different' until home is found

A life spent on the outside looking in, until our heart shows us that real love exists. We just have to open up and let our eyes see what is reality and what is not.

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Incredible memoir!

I loved every bit of this book. Fantabulous! I finished it in a day. Amazing!

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Amazing and powerful

Being just a month younger than Harrison and having grown up in the same city, I can relate to what he talks about, but not share in his experience as a white passing indigenous person. I am so sad to hear about his experience, but glad he has a chance to share it finally.

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True depiction

This story is well spoken and truly depicts some of the FraserValley religious extremism and racism. When listening you are transported to the depth of emotion Harrison experienced, the humour and the heartache. This is a must listen or read!

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Everyone Should Read This Book!

A deeply introspective and courageous account of the lived experience of what it feels like to be black and adopted under the cruel and oppressive white gaze. Thank you Harrison!

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