About this book
The journalist Sixsmith tells the story of Philomena Lee, an Irish woman whose son was taken from her by the Church at the age of three, because she was an unmarried teenage mother and considered a 'fallen woman'. The son, Michael Hess, grew up to be a top Washington lawyer and Republican official. When he found he had AIDS, he decided to track down his mother, but died before they could meet again.
A compelling story of family secrets, love and loss