A Memoir in Two Voices

Winner of the National Indie Excellence Book Award and IndieReader Discovery Award!

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Authors Julie von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield appearing on the Katie Show episode, Finding Family

“This story will break your heart, bring on tears of joy,
and make you believe in the healing power of love, forgiveness, and family.”

-Meredith Rollins,
Executive Editor, Redbook Magazine


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.


“A heartbreaking and life-affirming story that defies fiction.”
-Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey,
author of A Woman of Independent Means
Available Everywhere

We are pleased to announce that the audiobook is now available at Audible.com and iTunes!

A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found By Julie Mannix von Zerneck
and Kathy Hatfield