Judith Jo Pachino was born, adopted, raised and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. An avid reader, she believes that a good story is one that is physically read but emotionally viewed and experienced much like a movie. Her debut novel, A Question of Heritage, moves and touches. It is her passionate expression of the significant impact adoption has had on her life.
Tell me a little about your book.
A Question of Heritage is a fictionalized version of my adoption story. At its core, the book highlights the angst of those in the adoption triad and the complicated realities of adoption. With close accuracy, it is the story of the search and finding of my heritage. It is the compilation of my experiences and the research of my past, a past that was previously unavailable to me, just as my original birth record was unavailable to me.
What inspired you to write this book?
I am adopted. This is a something I have known all my life, a fact that has had significance for me and has defined me. Suddenly in the fall of 2007, it became imperative that I search for my biological family in order to definitively prove my Jewish identity. The results of my search proved the adage "fact is often stranger than fiction." Once my story was known, many urged me to turn my incredible story into a book.
Jo finds herself pregnant in the early 1960’s with limited options. Derailed by betrayal, she must make an impossible decision. Ellen lives with the challenges of being an adoptee. She is compelled to unearth her past in order to definitively prove her Jewish heritage. A Question of Heritage resonates with the angst of those in the adoption triad, leaving the reader with insight and hope.