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birth mother, adoption, roots, memoir, reunion, inspirational, drama

The Names of My Mothers
by Dianne Sanders Riordan

"The Names of My Mothers" is the touching story of the tender and all-too-brief relationship forged late in life between Dianne Riordan (nee Susanne Sanders) and her birth mother. In 1942 Elizabeth Bynam Sanders was a young woman who left home under false pretenses and travelled to Our Lady of Victory, a home for unwed mothers in upstate New York. Shortly after surrendering her daughter for adoption, she returned to her life in Johnston County, North Carolina. She never married and never had another child of her own.

This powerful and moving memoir speaks of the profound need for connection. It is a story about identity, the hunger we feel for a sense of belonging and the ineffable significance of blood.

Dianne Sanders Riordan and her husband Frank reside in Buffalo, New York where they resettled after twenty years serving as a Navy family. They have seven children and twelve grandchildren.

Dianne received a B.A. in English from Rosary Hill College (now Damen College). She is a family advocate with the Mental Health Association of Erie County. Her poems have been published in “Women of the Vineyard,” Volumes 1 and 2.


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