A Mother, A Son, an the Ties That Bind

On Mother’s Day of 2017, Richard Manders asked his mother, Guilford Poets Guild member Patricia O’Brien, if she’d like to collaborate with him in writing a book about their journey through adoption, separation, reunion, and the years that followed. Thanks to that invitation, the book, The Laughing Rabbit: A Mother, A Son, And the Ties that Bind was written. Through its collection of chapters, by Richard, Pat, and three family members central to their story, the book narrates a tale that started in 1962 with chaos and heartache that turned a momentous corner in
1982 with a reunion…a story that continues today with love and healing and ongoing wonder.

Pat, a resident of Old Saybrook, is the town’s Poet Laureate, and a long-time activist for adoption reform, including for open records. Rich, a lifelong entrepreneur, resides in Cambridge MA.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Thursday, September 6 at 7PM
Guilford Free Library, Guilford
67 Park Street, Guilford

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This program is free and open to all. Please register online, or call (203) 453-8522 or in person at the reference desk.

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