- Publisher: Demeter Press
- ISBN: 9781927335918
- Price: $19.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Oct 2014
- Rights: World
- Pages: 200
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Not Exactly as Planned
A Memoir of Adoption, Secrets and Abiding Love
Linda Rosenbaum grew up in the 1960s believing the world could be changed for the better. While raising a child with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), she discovers the hard truth that her generation faces: they can’t fix all that is broken. She will have to find another way to realize her youthful dreams for “peace and love.
Not Exactly As Planned: The Making of A Family, chronicles Rosenbaum’s arrival to Toronto in 1970 from the US after political upheaval and violence in Washington, D.C. cast her on an unexpected journey north. Life takes a major turn when her son, adopted-at-birth, is diagnosed at six with irreversible brain damage from FAS. Rosenbaum is determined to change Michael’s prognosis.
Not Exactly as Planned is more than a story of motherlove. It’s about birdwatching, bar mitzvahs, saving the Toronto Island, the collision of ‘60s ideals with the real world, family secrets and woodcarving.
With compassion and humour, Rosenbaum weaves the disparate threads of her life into a story at once achingly unique yet universal to all parents.
About the Author
Linda Rosenbaum lives on Toronto Island where she raised her family. She is an award winning writer, has worked in TV and documentary films, and is actively involved with groups advocating on behalf of children with FASD and other special needs. Her short story about raising her son Michael won the 2013 Canada Writes Reader’s Choice award for creative nonfiction. lindarosenbaum.com.