Noonan’s quest for the answer to ‘where I came from’ echoes for adoptees who, if not allowed their birthright to information, live part time in their present circumstances as well as in the shadows of their past genetic heritage. Her story illustrates how openness liberates an adoptee to grow towards an integrated sense of self. The Fifth and Final Name is a wonderful work of mystery, facts turned fiction, and finally, truths that bring her story full circle.
Cathy Chalmers, LPC, LMFT, NCC
Ms. Chalmers is a founding member of ATTACh.