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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, based on hundreds of in-depth interviews with women who have relinquished infants for domestic adoption over the past 60 years.

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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)

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


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