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It was Mariah’s worst choice - and the best decision.

As open adoptions go, it’s a dream scenario. But that doesn’t make saying goodbye any easier. From the hit true storytelling podcast RISK! comes a beautiful and heart-aching memoir of a mother’s love. 

Mariah MacCarthy was a financially strapped playwright in Queens with two roommates. Nothing about that situation said Let’s add a baby to this. Nine months later, having Leo adopted by two gay dads was the most loving solution possible. All Mariah fears now is becoming a stranger. But as four lives are irrevocably changed, Mariah discovers that embracing the moment of farewell is just the beginning of a family story, by turns joyous and devastating.

©2019 by Mariah MacCarthy. (P)2019 by KGA Holdings, LLC, all rights reserved.

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  • Christopher
  • 2019-05-09

Found myself wanting more / loved it!

As an adoptive (same-sex) father I was thrilled to happen upon this short story. It’s an amazing tale and one that I wish we could have had more of. The author’s candor is refreshing. There is a stigma attached to open adoption and stories like Mariah’s can help to shatter the stigma and myth surrounding adoption participation open-adoption. Having been on the other side of this relationship as an adoptive parent, the story gave me a new appreciation for the sacrifices birthmoms make for their children. My only wish is that we could get this turned into a longer non-fiction book.