Children of the Manse

Book Excerpt: Children of the Manse by Lewis Luchs

The Search: An Introduction – Excerpt from Children of the Manse By Lewis Luchs The Search For Family IN 1978 DOCTORS SUSPECTED breast cancer in my sister, Janey, performed biopsies, and concluded they would recommend a radical mastectomy if there was a history of cancer in her family. We are adopted. Janey knew nothing about [...]

Author Interview: Lewis Luchs

Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it? A. It’s the story I had to tell.  For obvious reasons, the fate of neglected and abused children has been a lifelong interest and passion. Q. How long did the book take you from start to finish? A. Three wet, gray [...]

Author Profile: Lewis Luchs

Q: Why did you decide to write this book? A: To answer questions I had lived with for decades and to put to rest ghosts from the past.  Because it is a rare and compelling story. To counter the view that child victims of neglect and abuse will necessarily follow in the footsteps of their [...]

Guest Blog: Painful Separations

Painful Separations By Lewis Luchs I experienced painful separations from inadequate and neglectful biological parents at the ages of five (my father) and seven (my mother), which most psychologists consider the worst possible timing. There are three separation scenes in my memoir. The first two describe separations from my biological father and the third the [...]

Guest Blog: What Are We Doing Wrong?

What Are We Doing Wrong? By Lewis Luchs When I became a volunteer CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), I was surprised to learn that most children in the foster care system eventually repeat the histories of their failed parents.  Even more surprising, many social welfare professionals expect them to do so.  I found such pessimism [...]

Guest Blog: The Making of Erik’s Identity

The Making of Erik’s Identity By Lewis Luchs I was adopted as an older child who was separated from his biological parents at the age of five.  I had memories of my original parents but only vague impressions of what they looked like, and had almost no knowledge of their origins or their medical histories.  [...]