Dear Stephen Michael's Mother

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“Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother is not simply a story of redemption; it is a vivid tale of the fall.” From first time author, Kevin Barhydt, comes a memoir of how a young boy abandoned, abused and addicted became a man with the hope, courage and resilience to seek his biological mother.

Abandoned by his mother at birth, Kevin was enveloped in a labyrinth of adoption, addiction, and child sexual abuse. By age 20, a shell of the boy he once was, Kevin succumbed completely to a suicidal lifestyle of drug dealing and prostitution. At 45, after many years of recovery, Kevin began a painful journey to uncover his origins, and the hopeful search for his mother.

“Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother” chronicles the unfolding of these two stories. The interwoven perspectives offer an unflinching look at the myriad ways life can cloak us in darkness and helplessness yet still resonate with joy and recovery.

"You read Kevin's book for the story of a life lived beyond what seems survivable. You read it to learn that anything is possible, that the human spirit is as remarkable as some people say it is, more than remarkable: miraculous."

-Anne Heffron, author of You Don't Look Adopted

"A memoir for all members of the Adoption Triad."

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December 12th, 2021

"An intimate journey in search of one's biological roots."

Anthony Waguespack on Amazon

November 9th, 2021

"Powerful and raw."

Brett M. on Amazon

November 20th, 2021

"Haunting and honest, a brilliant book."

Rachel Caldecott on Amazon

July 21, 2021

"An emotional literary rollercoaster you'll feel."

"Amazon Customer" on Amazon

December 4th, 2021

"It's an honest and heartfelt glimpse into a life filled with real struggles."

Matt Robbins on Amazon

July 17th, 2021