Deborah Gold, "Counting Down" & Wendy Welch, "Fall or Fly"
Deborah Gold, Counting Down & Wendy Welch, Fall or Fly
Sunday, October 7, 3pm
Counting Down: A Memoir of Foster Care and Beyond by Deborah Gold
When Deborah Gold and her husband signed up to foster parent in their rural mountain community, they did not foresee that it would lead to a roller-coaster fifteen years of involvement with a traumatized yet resilient birth family. They fell in love with Michael (a toddler when he came to them), yet they had to reckon with the knowledge that he could leave their lives at any time.
Deborah Gold is the pseudonym of a teacher, writer, and former foster parent. Licensed as foster parents for fifteen years, she and her husband eventually gained custody of two siblings.
Fall or Fly: The Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia by Wendy Welch
In depictions of foster care and adoption, stories tend to cluster at the dark or light ends of the spectrum, rather than telling the day-to-day successes and failures of families working to create themselves. Who raises other people’s children? Why? What’s money got to do with it when the love on offer feels so real? And how does the particular setting of Appalachia—itself so frequently oversimplified or stereotyped—influence the way these questions play out?
In Fall or Fly, Welch invites people bound by a code of silence to open up and to share their experiences. Less inspiration than a call to caring awareness, this pioneering work of storytelling journalism explores how love, compassion, money, and fear intermingle in what can only be described as a marketplace for our nation’s greatest asset.
Wendy Welch is a bookseller, ethnographer, and journalist. The author of The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap and editor of Public Health in Appalachia, she divides her time between writing up observations of Appalachia, and working to make it a more just and verdant place.