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​Gretchen Sisson is a sociologist who studies abortion and adoption in the United States.

She is the author of Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood, forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press (Macmillan) in February 2024. Available now for pre-order.

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“Sisson’s comprehensive and harrowing debut draws on a decade of interviews and archival research to argue that America’s current discourse around adoption belies its insidious history of targeting vulnerable mothers and children...The result is a devastating and urgent condemnation of America’s adoption industry.”

ublishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Join Gretchen at book events across the county, including in San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Austin, and Philadelphia.

Gretchen is represented by McKinnon Literary with publicity by Page One Media. For media inquiries, contact Isabella at


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