Soon to be a major
motion picture starring Judi Dench: the heartbreaking true story of an
Irishwoman and the secret she kept for fifty years
When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952,
Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a “fallen woman.”
Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to
America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Philomena’s
son was trying to find her. Renamed Michael Hess, he had become a leading
lawyer in the first Bush administration, and he struggled to hide secrets that
would jeopardize his career in the Republican Party and endanger his quest to
find his mother.
A gripping exposé told with novelistic intrigue, Philomena
pulls back the curtain on the role of the Catholic Church in forced adoptions
and on the love between a mother and son who endured a lifelong separation. Download and start listening now!