Novelist and adoptive parent Jennifer Gilmore talks to Terry Gross about whether motherhood is different than what she thought it would be:
This idea of what is hypothetical, for my protagonist and me as well, what does it mean to be a mother? What does it mean to carry on the generations? How will motherhood be? ‘I’ve been taken away or not included in all these aspects of society’: that’s more the protagonist’s feeling than [mine], but when you actually get the child, you have no luxury to have this kind of imagining. You’re attending to his physical needs, the eating, the sleeping, the pooping, the singing, and so it’s much more physical. There’s love there. It becomes much less hypothetical. I know his color, I know his family. He’s just become our baby.
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