Praise for China Ghosts

“A love story between father and daughter. … Powerful emotions.” — The Washington Post.

“[A] moving geographic and psychological odyssey to China. … Gammage’s dramatic account will be a boon to prospective parents who follow in his footsteps.” — USA TODAY.

“Riveting. … Jeff Gammage creates a poignant and insightful chronicle of the making of a family.” — Adoptive Families magazine.

“Gammage’s beautifully written memoir, information pills which weaves together emotionally wrenching narrative with insightful social commentary, will resonate with any American who has taken the same journey. … Poignant.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Touching, sometimes hilarious and ultimately moving … A must read for anyone contemplating adoption in the Middle Kingdom.” — Beijing City Weekend.

“Captivates. … A great read!” — Concord (N.H.) Monitor.

“Affecting memoir.” — Library Journal.

“Revealing … thoughtful … A father-daughter love story from a sensitive writer who doesn’t neglect thorny issues of race and culture.” — Kirkus Reviews.

“This, a father’s account of going to China with his wife to adopt their first and second daughters, is particularly useful.” — Publishers Weekly.

“Moving … An emotional account of a father’s love for his daughter.” — Booklist

“The most informative and heartfelt book I’ve read about the adoption of girls from China. Jeff Gammage has a big and good heart, so he doesn’t shy away from the deepest emotions – positive, negative, and ambivalent – that come with changing his family so abruptly and irrevocably.” — Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family.

“A passionate and triumphant account of a man’s unanticipated love for a daughter from a world away, both geographically and socio-politically. Written with the eloquence and candor that characterizes Jeff Gammage’s work, this book places a personal journey in a carefully researched historical context.” — Dr. Rena Krakow, Temple University research specialist in the language development of internationally adopted children.

“Jeff Gammage has a journalist’s eye and a superb reporter’s ability to chronicle every step of his luminous journey to fatherhood, even as he asks all the right questions about international adoption. He takes us into a landscape of surprise, delight, guilt and wonder at his good fortune in becoming an instant father.” — Documentary filmmaker Janet Gardner, producer/director of Precious Cargo: Vietnamese Adoptees Come of Age.

China Ghosts is rousing, tender and, at times, riveting. A powerful, eloquent writer, Jeff Gammage tells the surprising story of his own family and offers a fascinating look at the poignant, wrenching, life-altering world of foreign adoption.” – Adam Fifield, author of A Blessing Over Ashes: The Remarkable Odyssey of My Unlikely Brother.

“Jeff Gammage writes a narrative that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. While an intensely personal story, Gammage’s book compels us to examine the ghosts inherent in our own lives as we create new families and communities through adoption, immigration and birth.” – Katherine Toy, former executive director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.

“With a journalist’s sharp eye, a novelist’s imagination, and a once-reluctant father’s deep love, Jeff Gammage has created a memoir that is at once global and intensely intimate, full of the awe of new love and the analysis of a seasoned observer.” – Lorene Cary, author of The Price of a Child.

“In this riveting book, journalist and author Jeff Gammage asks you to take a journey with him. Accept his invitation; you will not be disappointed.” — Gloria Hochman, director of communications, the National Adoption Center.

“China Ghosts is a gem of a book, as informative as it is moving. Smart, sincere, enlivened by philosophical musings on love and fatherhood, it serves both to provide an honest account of Chinese adoption and to reawaken any parent’s appreciation of the joys and trials of loving and raising a child.” – Roland Merullo, author of A Little Love Story.