Between Light and Shadow: A Guatemalan Girl's Journey through Adoption

Between Light and Shadow A Guatemalan Girl s Journey through Adoption An adoption professional once told me At its best there is no adoption system as good as Guatemala s At its worst there is none worse from the foreword by Kevin Kreutner In Between Light and Shadow

  • Title: Between Light and Shadow: A Guatemalan Girl's Journey through Adoption
  • Author: Jacob R. Wheeler Kevin Kreutner
  • ISBN: 9780803233621
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An adoption professional once told me, At its best, there is no adoption system as good as Guatemala s At its worst, there is none worse from the foreword by Kevin Kreutner In Between Light and Shadow veteran journalist Jacob Wheeler puts a human face on the Guatemalan adoption industry, which has exploited, embraced, and sincerely sought to improve the lives of the An adoption professional once told me, At its best, there is no adoption system as good as Guatemala s At its worst, there is none worse from the foreword by Kevin Kreutner In Between Light and Shadow veteran journalist Jacob Wheeler puts a human face on the Guatemalan adoption industry, which has exploited, embraced, and sincerely sought to improve the lives of the Central American nation s poorest children Fourteen year old Ellie, abandoned at age seven and adopted by a middle class family from Michigan, is at the center of this story Wheeler re creates the painful circumstances of Ellie s abandonment, her adoption and Americanization, her search for her birth mother, and her joyous and haunting return to Guatemala, where she finds her teenage brothers unleashing a bond that transcends language and national borders Following Ellie s journey, Wheeler peels back the layers of an adoption economy that some view as an unscrupulous baby selling industry that manipulates impoverished indigenous Guatemalan women, and others herald as the only chance for poor children to have a better life Through Ellie, Wheeler allows us to see what all this means in personal and practical terms and to understand how well intentioned and sometimes humanitarian first world wealth can collide with the extreme poverty, despair, misogyny, racism, and violent history of Guatemala.

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    1 thought on “Between Light and Shadow: A Guatemalan Girl's Journey through Adoption”

    1. This is a good introduction to adoption from Guatemala and the necessary historical context. The author strives (and succeeds, for the most part) to remain neutral about his subject. The story of the girl's biological family and her relinquishment is heartbreaking, and the later clash of cultures speaks volumes about the gulf between the rich and the poor. However, I think that the book's title is somewhat misleading. Although the story centers around Ellie's/Berenice's adoption, the primary foc [...]

    2. Very interesting story - the larger topic is Guatemala and adoption, as shown in a specific case, presented in the book. The author states he was just looking to present the story of adoption from Guatemala, as they were quite common in the U.S. until about 7 years ago, when laws changed. Didn't agree with every conclusion he made as he is wanting to satisfy everyone - the U.S. and Guatemalan birth family, but I have to think the child comes first, irregardless of what the adults in the situatio [...]

    3. 3.5 stars, nice story, well researched and told, ultimately though fails to make the jump to larger issues - it is one family's particular story.

    4. Between Light and Shadow is a poignant journey through Guatemala's landscape, international adoption and the effect adoption has had on its people. The focus of the story is a beautiful 14 year old girl named Ellie who was adopted by a family from Michigan when she was seven.Wheeler is a journalist who follows 14 year old Ellie and her family as they make the decision to reunite with Ellie's birth mother and her siblings in Guatemala. Ellie was given up by her mother, Antonia, when she was seven [...]

    5. This was a very fast read. It hit home with me on many different levels: I have a child whom I adopted from guatemala, I was adopted and recently reunited with my birthmother who recently passed away and I also work in the field of international adoptions. It was very emotional to read because I've experienced many of the same things described. I thought it was very well done. Considering the recent developments in Guatemala, the book had even more impact.

    6. As the mother of a daughter adopted from Guatemala this was a fascinating and difficult to read story (true) about the country, the adoption industry, and the complicated relationships between adopted and biological mothers and their children. I don't think I was ready to read it until now but am glad I did. Thanks to Danette for the recommendation.

    7. This was an interesting read on a topic I did not know much about. It was a quick read and I enjoyed the addition of photographs the author contributed of the girl's journey to meet her Guatemalan family. Definitely a thought-provoking read and the book broadened my view of the complicated issues around international adoption.

    8. Interesting book weaving the history of adoption in Guatemala with the story of an adopted girl and the search for her birth mom. it does not provide a solution to the issue of foreign adoption in Guatemala, but looks so , it form different angles. Great read!

    9. This brought up a lot of perspectives about adoption that I hadn't thought about before and an aspect of Guatemalan culture I didn't know about. It was a quick and interesting read.

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