Detachment: An Adoption Memoir

Maurice Mierau

Detachment: An Adoption Memoir
In 2005, Maurice Mierau and his wife travelled to Ukraine to adopt two small boys, age three and five. They return to Canada as a proud new family of four.

In Detachment, Maurice Mierau probes not only the process of adoption but what comes after. Can a family be created in an instant? What happens when everything seems to be falling apart? While his marriage becomes strained and his son acts out, Mierau feels removed, detached. He finds himself thinking instead about his own emotionally distant father. Also born in Ukraine, Maurice's father has a traumatic and mysterious past of his own. If Maurice can come to understand his father's life, perhaps he can start to make sense of his new sons. (From the publisher)

Detachment won the 2016 Kobzar Literary Award, which recognizes Canadian literary work with a Ukranian-Canadian theme. The book also won the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction and a 2015 Alberta Book Award.


December was always a hard time for Peter. It was the month his mother abandoned him. A trauma-versary, they called this on the adoptive-parent blogs that Betsy read. I didn't like the Christmas season either, although my reasons differed from Peter's. On my last visit of 2009 to the psychologist's office, the only sign of the holidays was a miniature artificial tree in the waiting room.

From Detachment by Maurice Mierau ©2014. Published by Freehand Books.

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