Happy 100th Madeleine L'Engle

When I was a child, I was alone a lot. Not lonely, but alone. I was an only child with a single mother and spent much of my time in the periphery of adults. This is the perfect set-up for raising a reader (especially in an age before handheld electronic devices). I read avidly and devoured books—with special attention to books about orphans.

My original, well-worn 1983 copy of A Wrinkle in Time

My original, well-worn 1983 copy of A Wrinkle in Time

While Meg in A Wrinkle in Time isn’t exactly an orphan, she is searching for her father. Witnessing a strong but flawed girl character take her future into her own hands gave me the courage to see myself as the heroine and master of my story.

My memoir is about searching for family. Like Meg, I eventually find my father but there is a cost. Discovering something about ourselves can make us a stronger but also requires sacrifice. That is what Madeleine L’Engle taught me.

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