The Other Side of Shame by Joanne Jowell was launched in Johannesburg recently, first at Exclusive Books in Killarney Mall, and then a second event at the Great Park Shul, where the Egnal and Langman clans joined once again to celebrate this astonishing tale.
Anthony Egnal, the son born out of wedlock to Lynette Langman, was prompted by his own experience of adopting a child to search for his birth mother. He lives in the USA now where he practises as a doctor and was unable to attend the event, but his family was there to wave the flag.
Lindi Obose read this moving book and says, “This is a story about everyday people and their extraordinary experiences. It is a story about adoption and reunion – told by those who were there.”
Egnal always knew he was adopted and was comfortable with it. The urge, though, to track down his biological parents came when he saw the love his wife had for their son. This made him wish to thank his biological mother.
He decided to contact his biological mother Lynette. Egnal did not know what to expect he he made the first phone to her. She told Egnal that when she put him up for adoption, she had promised herself that if God gave her any more children, she would be the best mother to them.
Photograph courtesy of Colin Langman
- The Other Side of Shame by Joanne Jowell
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