The widely anticipated debut novel by Julia Brewer Daily is a glimpse into the lives of women forced by society to gift their newborns to strangers. Although this novel is a fictional account, it mirrors many of the adoption stories of its era.
When three young unwed women meet at a maternity home hospital in New Orleans in 1965, they are expected to relinquish their babies and return home as if nothing transpired. Twenty-five years later, they are brought back together by blackmail and their secrets threatened with exposure—all the way to the White House.
Told from the three women’s perspectives in alternating chapters, we are mesmerized by the societal pressures on women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant without marriage.
How that inconceivable act changed them forever is the story of No Names To Be Given, a novel with southern voices, love exploited, heartbreak and blackmail.
In a time where DNA testing and Ancestry research is becoming ever so popular again, here comes a novel that makes you want to jump down that rabbit hole further. This 3-4 decades long saga truly reaches into your soul so deeply. It pulls at your heart strings and turns the faucet of your tears on full blast! You better have tissues by your side.
I learned so much about parts of the American culture I was not aware of. Being only in the 1960s when it begins, I find myself ashamed of myself as an American for not knowing this has gone on. This is why I’m grateful for authors like Julia Brewer Daily. They find these nuggets of really super cool and interesting things to share with the world that we all should know. She does it with a little bit of mystery, even a thrilling moment here and there that will shock you. Her heart, warmth and value of friendship bleeds through the pages.
“No Names to be Given” takes a piece of history and teaches us a lesson by opening up her very own heart and weaving the gripping, enthralling & mesmerizing story. I couldn’t get enough, even down to the last sentence I wanted more.
What a show stopper in storytelling for a debut novel!