Parallel Universes has Universal Appeal.

The premise of David B. Bohl’s memoir, Parallel Universes is very relatable for adoptees or any reader who is missing significant information about their past due to actual separation from loved ones or due to physical or mental trauma. (or both)

After confessing about being adopted to some young school peers, David, as a child,  realizes that there is a division between himself and other people who are not adopted. Bohl sees that even under the best of adoption experiences, something is missing (genetic and social history), which separates himself from others who have biological privilege.

(P. 45, “Often it felt as if everybody else got an instruction manual that I clearly had not been given.

(P. 47, “I hadn’t been given the direction that would show me how to be in the world. How did everybody else know how to be?”)

A large part of David Bohl’s story documents his struggles with alcoholism, a condition that runs higher among the adoptee population. Bohl not only felt that he experienced a double identity and universe as an adopted person but also as a drinker.

This book is an amazing and authentic resource for any individual at any age who struggles with addiction. In fact, it’s more about Bohl’s alcoholism and recovery experiences than it is about his being adopted, but he does blend both aspects together before his story concludes. Parallel Universes reads fast and has the feel of sitting together with David at a kitchen table having a Realistic conversation.

(Read the book to understand why I capitalized and italicized “Realistic”!)

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