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Rescuing Julia Twice

A Mother's Tale of Russian Adoption and Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder

Tina Traster, Melissa Fay Greene (Foreword by)


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In moving and candid prose, Rescuing Julia Twice tells Traster’s foreign-adoption story, from dealing with the bleak landscape and inscrutable adoption handlers in Siberia, to her gradual realization that something was "not quite right" with her daughter, Julia. Traster describes how uncertainty turned to despair until she learned that Julia suffered from reactive attachment disorder, a serious condition associated with young children who have been neglected, abused, or orphaned in infancy. Lifting the veil of secrecy that too often surrounds parents struggling with attachment issues, Traster describes how with work, commitment, and acceptance, she and her husband have been able to close the gulf between them and their daughter, then concludes with practical advice, strategies, and resources for parents and caregivers.

Praise For Rescuing Julia Twice: A Mother's Tale of Russian Adoption and Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder

“[N]othing short of stunning. This book will stay with you long after you close the cover.”  —Lori Holden, author, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption

“Many adoption memoirs detail the journey that brings parent and child together . . . and end with a loving, triumphant homecoming. Fewer follow the story years down the road, as parents and child knit themselves into a family. Traster holds nothing back in recounting that second journey, to truly become her child’s mother.”  —Eve Gilman, editor, Adoptive Families Magazine

"If you are an adoptive parent, don’t miss this book.”  —Jane Ballback, publisher and executive editor, Adoption Voices Magazine

Chicago Review Press, 9781613738283, 264pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2017

About the Author

Tina Traster is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, Time Out New York, the Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Family Circle, Parade, Audubon, and many more. Her quarterly column on, "Against All Odds: Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder," offers updates on life with her daughter. Melissa Fay Greene is the award-winning author of six books of nonfiction. She and her husband are the parents of nine children: four by birth and five by adoption.