JULIA BREWER DAILY
Categories: Women’s Fiction / Vintage Fiction / Adoption / 1960s
Publisher: Admission Press Inc.
Pub Date: August 3, 2021
But such a life-altering event can never be forgotten, and no secret remains buried forever. Twenty-five years later, the women are reunited by a blackmailer, who threatens to expose their secrets and destroy the lives they’ve built. That shattering revelation would shake their very foundations—and reverberate all the way to the White House.
Told from the three women’s perspectives in alternating chapters, this mesmerizing story is based on actual experiences of women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant but unmarried, pressured by family and society to make horrific decisions. How that inconceivable act changed women forever is the story of No Names to Be Given, a heartbreaking but uplifting novel of family and redemption.
PRAISE FOR NO NAMES TO BE GIVEN:
A gorgeous, thrilling, and important novel! These strong women will capture your heart. —Stacey Swann, author of Olympus, Texas.
An insightful and sympathetic view offered into the lives of those who were adopted and those who adopted them. —Pam Johnson, author of Justice for Ella.
A novel worthy of a Lifetime movie adaptation. —Jess Hagemann, author of Headcheese.
Readers can expect deep knowledge of the world the characters inhabit. —Sara Kocek, author of Promise Me Something.
This book is a relevant read and one that will keep readers guessing page after page until the very end. —The US Review of Books
Today’s young women, especially, need to absorb No Names to Be Given. —Midwest Book Review, D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer
Adoption Past and Present
While I am not an expert on the vast and complex topic of adoption, I am one adoptee and have one opinion on the subject.
According to adoption statistics, there are 100 million in the United States who have adoption in their immediate families. Many are adoptees like me who were placed for adoption in maternity homes where unwed birth mothers relinquished us.
From the 1930s to the 1980s, young women who became pregnant out of wedlock were shamed by their parents and society into making an emotionally devastating decision. In early years, women did not have access to birth control and abortion was illegal. Many birth mothers were very young and unable to care for their babies and wanted a more secure future for them.
Today, most women who become pregnant keep their babies with or without family support. There are still maternity homes in existence, but most offer financial assistance or child care to allow mothers to keep their babies. State and Federal programs are available, as well.
My family believes in adoption. I was adopted as an infant. One of my daughters adopted four older children and they are thriving in her home. It is a very personal and courageous decision to choose to rear another’s child as your own.
With lawsuits over Roe vs Wade and states deciding about same sex adoptive parents and open/closed adoption records, this will continue to be a hot button topic for years to come.
Julia Brewer Daily is a Texan with a southern accent. She holds a B.S. in English and a M.S. degree in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been a Communications Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi, and Public Relations Director of the Mississippi Department of Education and Millsaps College, a liberal arts college in Jackson, MS. She was the founding director of the Greater Belhaven Market, a producers’ only market in a historic neighborhood in Jackson, and even shadowed Martha Stewart. As the Executive Director of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (300 artisans from 19 states) which operates the Mississippi Craft Center, she wrote their stories to introduce them to the public. Daily is an adopted child from a maternity home hospital in New Orleans. She searched and found her birth mother and through a DNA test, her birth father’s family, as well. A lifelong southerner, she now resides on a ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband Emmerson and Labrador retrievers, Memphis Belle and Texas Star.
(US only; ends midnight, CDT, 8/27/2021)
Or, visit the blogs directly: