If You Could See Me Now: A Chronicle of Identity and Adoption
When Michael Mewshaw receives a call from a stranger who says she has reason to believe he is her biological father, Mewshaw realizes he has been half dreading, half hoping for this to happen for over 30 years. Just like the young woman who wants to find the last piece to the puzzle of her life, he hopes to answer questions that have plagued him for decades. But first he has to make sure that she is who she claims to be. In this fascinating memoir, Mewhsaw confronts his own past, the chaos of his family, and complicated memories of the woman he once loved. His unusual role in the baby's birth, her adoption, and, now, her search for her biological parents sets the stage for a revealing personal odyssey that offers a quest for identity and a journey of discovery, an obsession with recapturing the past and righting old wrongs, the constant potential for disappointment balanced against the possibility of redemption. As he finds his old flame and her old lover, rediscovering who he was and who he has become, he finds his life enriched in the process.
Michael Mewshaw is the best-selling author of ten novels and six previous books of nonfiction. He has won awards for fiction, travel writing, investigative reporting, and sports journalism. Hundreds of his articles and reviews have appeared in
The New York Times, The Washington Post, the
Los Angeles Times, Playboy, and other newspapers and magazines around the world. He divides his time between Key West, FL, and London.