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Practically Still a Virgin: An Adoption Memoir

 Author: Monica Hall  Category:  Publisher: Prism Prose Press  Published: March 23, 2024  Pages: 346  Buy From Amazon

During Alaska’s rough-and-tumble 1970s oil boom, a time when prostitution, violence, and lawlessness reigned, Monica Hall rebels against her strict Catholic parents in a downward spiral of delinquency. Overwhelmed by guilt and shame when the unthinkable happens, Hall is forced to make impossible choices. Will she keep her rapist’s identity a secret and defy her parents when they demand to know who fathered her baby? Will Hall, an adoptee herself, crumble under pressure and relinquish her only known blood relative for adoption? Will she ever feel the sense of belonging she craves by reuniting with the mother who gave her away?

Adopted during infancy, Hall’s childhood is marked by trauma and dysfunction. As a teenager, she dulls her pain with risky behavior and petty crime. In adulthood, she turns to drugs and alcohol. This gutsy memoir chronicles her decades-long quest for identity, healing, and redemption. As she uncovers secrets and searches for her roots, she makes a shocking discovery about her baby’s father, smashing the narrative that shaped her reality for decades.

Hall tells of her troubled youth with candor and compassion for herself and everyone around her. Her story will resonate with anyone who knows loss, secrets, and family dysfunction.

Practically Still a Virgin is both harrowing and heart-warming—a must-read for any reader who enjoys honest and vulnerable stories of survival, courage, wisdom, and love.