Margaret Altazin

A Skeleton in a Drawer

While digging through a drawer in her house, Margaret discovers a yellowed piece of paper at the very bottom that seems out of place.

Being a curious ten-year-old, she unfolds the document and stares in shock at the information on her baptismal certificate. Instead of her parents’ names, two other people have signed on the lines appointed for the signatures of the parents.

The myriad of confusing feelings that Margaret experiences upon discovering she is adopted permeates her everyday life for years. She finally confronts her adoptive parents and boards an emotional roller-coaster ride to discover her genetic identity. With her adoptive mother’s approval and support, Margaret sets out on a long and challenging journey to find a sister she had never known existed, to obtain her birth parents’ medical history, and to locate and discover information on her birth father’s side of the family. These searches bring about exciting, sorrowful, regretful, and startling results.

Along the way, A Skeleton in a Drawer touches on local Cajun culture and World War II history. Most importantly, it illustrates the confusion, heartache, anger, and frustration felt by adoptees trying to locate their birth families. The extraordinary and shocking conclusion will certainly leave the reader in tears.


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