A.K Driggs “Abandoned in Search of Rainbows” is a beautifully written journey about a newborn baby girl found in a paper bag to a women who found her voice, her love and an understanding of her unique life.
I liked how the book is set up like a play with ACT I, ACT II and ACT III. In. ACT I the story begins with an older A.K. Driggs who is on a relocating trip with her mom. Her mom wants to reminisce about how A. K was adopted into the family. How,at 2 days old, she was left in a paper bag in a ladies room and walked away from. My heart went awe when Betty and Bob were sitting at the table and she turns the newspaper and sees the picture of the baby and says “We should adopt her, why not her” and when they finally meet 15 months later and they look into each other’s eyes and it’s like they are both saying “I chose you”. From there on the chapters are different parts of her young life in different stages. You can read how the fear of abandonment is visible even in her young life. Like being left behind at birthday parties and even the early days of school and having to face being there all day!. “Kimmy” went through your usual trials and tribulations of being a pre-teen.
In ACT II, A.K tells us about her years as a teenager and the beginning of mixed feelings between men and women. And as she goes through high school and her family moves on she develops her own sense of independence. She starts using her love of music to push her past her grief and understanding. While with her family in London she meets many characteristic women that she forms great friendships and business partners in. She goes from many jobs like phone sex operator and a business broker to trying to find a job that suits her. In this sections she comes to turns with her sexuality and the choices she has made. She forms a bond of acceptance from her dad before he passes on.
In ACT III, it’s later years in Kim’s life and her dad has been gone for a few years and now she loses her mom to lung cancer. She is in such grief, that she loses her partner and loses touch with her brother and life just spirals downhill. Then she meets Janet who turns out to be the love of her life. Who is there when she too gets breast cancer, who is there when they start a new life in Hawaii, when she takes up guitar playing again and makes a new family of dogs, neighbors and other couples. While chasing those rainbows.
I really enjoyed this story. It is a story of hope and how hard life starts out for some folks and they turn it into a lifeline of happiness. On how our choices make who we are and not what people think we are. I only regret for this story is that I hope that Kim and her brother reconcile. He was there for the beginning of her life and should be there until the end.
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