The audiobook of Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost Then Found by Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield is now on sale at Audible, Amazon and iTunes. It’s such a breath-taking memoir written in two voices and narrated by myself and Aida Raphael and directed by Andrew Jordan. I am the voice of the daughter, Kathy Hatfield, and it was such an honor bringing her perspective to life and being a part of telling the remarkable story of her and her mother.
A pregnant, upper class nineteen-year-old Philadelphia Main Line debutante is confined, against her will, to a state mental hospital. She spends her pregnancy surrounded by the mentally challenged and the criminally insane. On April 19, 1964, she gives birth to a child, whom she is forced to give up for adoption.
A loving middle-class couple adopts a month-old little girl from Catholic Charities. She is adored and cherished from the very beginning. It is as though she is dropped into the first chapter of a fairy tale – but we all know how fairy tales go.
This is the story of a mother and daughter. Of what it is to give up a child and what it is to be given up. Of what it is to belong, what it is to be a family and what it is to yearn deeply, and to never lose hope – because anything is possible.
In this exquisite memoir, Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield recount the stories of their lives. Deliciously strange, surprising and sweetly funny, this tenderly written book takes us on a wild and frightening journey. Written in two distinct and deeply expressive voices, their stories seamlessly meld together in a breathtaking ending.