Charlotte Van Katwijk Guards Herself Like A Secret Kids Are Cruel, And She Knows If They Find Out She S Adopted, She Ll Be A Bully S Easy Target.When They Are Fourteen, Charlotte S Best Friend S Mom Commits Suicide It Triggers In Charlotte A Sense Of Urgency To Find Her Birth Mother Before It S Too Late, And The Answers To Her Burning Questions Are Taken To The Grave.Seven Years Later, A Tormented Charlotte Comes Face To Face With Her Past Will Discovering About Her Biological Parents, And The Circumstances Surrounding Her Relinquishment, Be Enough To Lay Her Demons To Rest Umbilicus Is A Coming Of Age Story Set In South Africa S Biggest Port City During The Dying Days Of Apartheid The Tumultuous Zeitgeist Of The Era Mirrors The Inner Turmoil Of An Angst Ridden Adolescent As She Grapples To Form An Identity And Find Her Place In The World Umbilicus Will Appeal To Readers Of All Ages Who Enjoy Young Adult YA Realistic Fiction, Particularly Those Involved Or Interested In The Adoption Experience.
Paula Gruben is a writer living in Johannesburg, South Africa.She was put up for adoption as a newborn in 1974, under the highly secretive closed adoption system, which was common practice for young, unwed mothers at the time.Paula had a happy, carefree childhood, but knowing virtually nothing about her biological roots resulted in a crippling identity crisis during her teenage years, manifesting
- 210 pages
- Paula Gruben
- 13 December 2017 Paula Gruben