characters both picaresque and sympathetic playing roles in the aftermath of 9/11

Author event at Camden library explores the struggle for single men to adopt children in Ukraine

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    CAMDEN — On Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m., the Camden Public Library welcomes back author Robert Klose for a presentation of his new memoir Adopting Anton: A Single Man Seeks a Son in Ukraine. The book details the story of Klose’s determination to bring a five-year-old boy to a new home in America, but not knowing, until the last moment, whether his efforts would result in failure or success. 

    The program will be offered to an in-person audience in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library.

    Single women have a long and successful track record as adoptive parents, but single men seeking to adopt have had a tougher time of it. And yet, the need for role models in this regard exists, if for no other reason than to offer hope to those men who want to adopt but are daunted by the immensity of the challenge. Available children tend to live in countries that are both traditional and conservative and think in terms of “mother and child” but rarely “father and child,” according to the library, in a news release.

    Presuming that already being an adoptive parent would make a second attempt easier (Klose had previously adopted a boy from a Russian orphanage), Klose was nevertheless confronted by a Ukrainian bureaucracy hobbled by its Soviet origins, as well as the vagaries of personalities in whose hands his fate would rest. The result is a harrowing narrative full of characters both picaresque and sympathetic, with all the actors, including the author, playing their roles in the chaotic aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

    Robert Klose teaches at the University of Maine. He is a regular contributor of essays to The Christian Science Monitor. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, and various literary Magazines. He is the author of six books including, another adoption title, Aloshya: A Single Man Finds a Son in Russia.

    Event Date: 

    Tue, 10/25/2022 - 6:30pm

    Event Location: 

    Camden Public Library


    55 Main Street
    Camden, ME 04843
    United States