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Please Forgive Me
Oct. 30, 2019
Lea Rachel
Fiction: General/Other
Please Forgive Me is a fiction novel that explores the intensities of motherhood, through the lens of inter-racial adoption. Drawn from my own experience as a white woman adopting a black child through the foster system in St. Louis, it tells the story of a single white mother raising a black boy in the swirling currents of race, love, and hope that is America today.

This novel opens when Rachel’s adopted son, Miles, is arrested by the police in the middle of the night. For the next eight hours, Rachel works to get him out of jail. Over the length of this very long night Rachel questions her competence as a mother, she questions the viability of inter-racial adoption, she even questions her son’s innocence. As morning dawns Rachel finally figures out a way to get her son out of jail, and she realizes at the end of the ordeal that while she isn’t a perfect mother, and while adoption can be inordinately complex, at least, this time, they were enough of a family to make it through together. The novel ends on an optimistic note.
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The first chapter of Please Forgive Me, as well as other writing samples for Lea Rachel, can be found at: http://www.learachel.com/main/writings
Lea Rachel
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