Reviews for Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge

from Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife and Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette

“Nancy McCabe has written one of the most compelling books I’ve ever read. I read it on the plane, on the train, on vacation, at every opportunity till I’d gobbled it up. Here is a truthful story for every parent and child about their love, hope, and frustration with one another.”


from Laura Brodie, author of One Good Year: A Mother and Daughter’s Educational Adventure

“In this heartfelt memoir, McCabe shares a touching journey as she travels to China to introduce her adopted daughter to the places and people from her past. The resulting story radiates wisdom about cross-cultural connections, while acknowledging the struggles of child-rearing. Blue Willow Bridge offers lessons in love and patience that will apply not only to mothers and fathers of adopted children, but to all parents. “


from Sarah Saffian, author of Ithaka: A Daughter’s Memoir of Being Found

“With lyrical sensitivity and frank humor, the author of Meeting Sophie explores the myriad logistical and emotional facets of international adoption. Nancy McCabe is keenly aware of the challenge in reconciling her daughter’s American and Chinese identities, as they travel to Sophie’s birthplace—a journey that’s less a closure than an aperture. Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge is a brave, balanced, nuanced narrative, offering a complex answer to the simple question: what is home?”


from Lauren Kessler, author of My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey through the Thicket of Adolescence

In prose both graceful and unsentimental, Nancy McCabe tells the story of the search for identity and the yearning for connection that is at the core of the mother-daughter relationship. As she returns to her adoptive daughter’s birthplace, as she struggles with the cultural divide she sees at home, as she watches her daughter, a budding gymnast, ‘throw herself into empty space toward the high bar,’ McCabe learns both to love and to let go. This is a book for every mother, adoptive and biological, who watches her daughter with love, awe—and bated breath.”


from Lincoln Journal Star by Karen Gettert Shoemaker

Careening between disappointment and joy, “Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge” is the story of two journeys woven together. One is a travelogue of the trip to China, a tour McCabe and her daughter took for adopted children and their parents; the other is a memoir about parenting an adopted child. McCabe presents the journeys through the lens of expectations, both her own and the culture’s, and treats their complexities with insight, humor and sensitivity.