"Faye, adoptee and heroine of the story Pretty Blue, knows that a legal paper cannot wipe out ones DNA and the many traits that come with it. Woven within an intriguing and compelling story are truths about the deficits which come from growing up without genetic cues . . . Caulfield has written a book filled with wisdom, yet one whose ending will stun you."
--Nancy Verrier, MFT, venerable author of The Primal Wound and Coming Home to Self.

"Pretty Blue is an emotional roller coaster. A young woman's search for her truth and the mother she lost at birth. In this well written novel, Kari Caulfield has captured the intense emotional issues of adoption search and reunion. You will not be able to put Pretty Blue down until you finish the last page of this gripping work."
--Joe Soll, LCSW, founder of Adoption Crossroads, New York, author of Adoption Healing . . . a Path to Recovery and Evil Exchange.

"Anyone interested in learning about the adoptee psyche-or simply interested in a gripping story, should read Kari Caulfield's Pretty Blue. What separates this narrative's themes of love and loss from others is how neatly Ms. Caulfield describes the anxieties, frustrations and fears of adoptees through her main character, Faye Mercury. Absorbing but not for the faint of heart . . . Pretty Blue is a thoughtful read that's worthy of a second, or even third go around . . . a very vivid and engaging read."
-Bethany Cortale for Bastard Quarterly Magazine, Spring, 2007.

"A Coming to Terms: Faye, who was adopted, embarks on a journey of a lifetime to find her birth parents, however, the reunion with her very own 'mommy dearest,' Annie Parker, doesn't quite go as planned . . . As she comes face to face with Annie's continual criticism and blatant alcoholism, Faye unearths an array of buried secrets and lies. To her credit, she does not walk away from the tragic twists and turns that lie ahead. Instead, she answers her mother's final call for help, astonishing readers with a harrowing ending to this psychological drama."
-Christine Kingsley and Lara Tewes, for Long Island University Magazine, Spring, 2007.



* The following people are all listed on web sites of celebrities who were either adopted,
illegitimate, or fostered as children:

Maya Angelou, Edward Franklin Albee, Aristotle, Louis Armstrong, King Arthur, John James Audubon, Babe Ruth, Johann Sebastian Bach, Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, Ingrid Bergman, Daniel Boone, Rita Mae Brown, Richard Burton, Truman Capote, Coco Chanel, Charlie Chaplin, Eric Clapton, Patricia Cornwell, D.M.C., James Dean, The Dalai Lama, Ella Fitzgerald, Deborah Harry, John Keats, Rudyard Kipling, Eartha Kitt, John Lennon, Sarah McLachlan, James Michener, Marilyn Monroe, Willie Nelson, Jack Nicholson, Oedipus, Edgar Allan Poe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jonathan Swift, J.R.R. Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, Oprah Winfrey, William Wordsworth, Malcolm X . . . .

. . . from the famous to the faceless masses, no child should be labeled illegitimate.