Prison Baby

Prison Baby: A MemoirPrison Baby
By Deborah Jiang Stein
Beacon Press
Retail Price $14.00
Amazon Price: $10.42

Book Description:

Even at twelve years old Deborah Jiang Stein, the adopted daughter of a progressive Jewish couple in Seattle, felt like an outsider. Her multiracial features set her apart from her well-intentioned white parents, who evaded questions about her past. But when Deborah discovered a letter revealing the truth–that she was born in prison to a heroin-addicted mother and spent the first year of her life there–she spiraled into emotional lockdown. For years she turned to drugs, violence, and crime as a way to cope with her grief. Ultimately, Deborah overcame the stigma, shame, and secrecy of her birth and found peace by helping others–proving that redemption and acceptance is possible, even from the darkest corners



This was a very touching book that had my emotions running the gamut throughout.  It really makes you think about how much dna has to do with who you are and who you become, no matter how you are raised.  When the author found at at the age of 12 that she her birth mother was a heroin addict that she was actually born in a prison, it sent the young girl into a tailspin that sent her into a life of rebellion.  The good thing is that it also details the authors redemption and her journey back to her adoptive parents and life she was really meant to lead. This is an amazing story of love, hope, forgiveness.  It is also a call to action to use your life experiences – good and bad – too help others.  This was an excellent read.

~Reviewed by Shirley B.