The Lies That Bind

Author:  Laureen Pittman

Category:

Memoir | FINALIST

The Lies That Bind

Born in a California women’s prison in 1963, Laureen Pittman was relinquished for adoption. As a child, Laureen was conditioned to believe that being adopted didn’t matter. So, it didn’t . . . until it did.

Through scraps of information, Laureen stitched together her history – one that started in the psychedelic sixties and ended up in a future where DNA could solve mysteries. She never imagined that spitting into a plastic tube, along with painstaking research and the explosion of technology would reveal the answers to her identity.

An unexpected one-in-a-million DNA match led to Laureen meeting her biological father. Working together, Laureen and her seventy-year old ex-hippie father, an unlikely pair, no doubt, peeled back layer after layer of deception and lies to discover their hidden family legacy.

Laureen’s tale is for anyone who has ever questioned who they are, where they came from, or how they fit in. Her journey to find her truth illustrates the strength and power of our need for connection, belonging, and healing through knowledge and truth.