Beyond the Third Door - Maria Heckinger

Beyond the Third Door

By Maria Heckinger

  • Release Date: 2019-05-29
  • Genre: Theater


My book has three narrators: my birth mother, my adopted mother, and myself. It is the tale of two mothers and their connection to one child. One mother was shamed because she had a child and the other because she couldn't. I am one of 3,500 Greek orphans adopted to the U.S. in the 1950s. Conceived in an act of violence, I was born to an unwed mother who was exiled from her village home for 44 years. Homeless, she could not care for me and lost me to foreign adoption. Raised in California, I returned to Greece when I was 30 where, through a series of life-changing events, I reconnected with my birth mother. Finally, as the orphaned child, I tell my story. Based on primary documents and oral histories given by both mothers and my personal experiences, it is a tale so miraculous it reads like fiction.