Barbara Leigh Ohrstrom’s New Memoir Chronicles Search for Birth Parents, True Identity

New memoir reveals struggles in search for birth parents, personal identity.

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“I want to raise awareness about the anguish of not knowing one’s biological roots,” Ohrstrom says. “I felt that my identity could not be complete until I discovered my past; and once I understood my roots, I could understand myself.”

Boston (PRWEB) March 17, 2014

In Barbara Leigh Ohrstrom’s new book, “Searching for the Castle: Backtrail of an Adoption” (published by iUniverse), she chronicles the journey she took to find her birth parents and her true identity.

Ohrstrom also brings to light the struggles adoptees – especially young adoptees – face when navigating the governing laws and agencies involved in the adoption process.

The story begins with Ohrstrom as an 18-year-old woman sifting through court papers, letters, Division of Social Service documents and other items to piece together her past.

Some of her discoveries were filled with pain, Ohrstrom says, but others were joyful. Counted among her pleasant surprises was her finding her long-lost siblings, nieces and nephews.

“I want to raise awareness about the anguish of not knowing one’s biological roots,” Ohrstrom says. “I felt that my identity could not be complete until I discovered my past; and once I understood my roots, I could understand myself.”

“Searching for the Castle”
By Barbara Leigh Ohrstrom
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781491713075
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781491713068
E-Book | 178 pages | ISBN 9781491713082
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Barbara Leigh Ohrstrom earned a master’s degree in professional writing from Emerson College and has published several articles. She is a project manager for integrated writing centers at a university in Massachusetts. Ohrstrom lives in Boston with her family.

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