Pushing up the Sky: A Mother's Story

"Terra Trevor's Pushing up the Sky, is a revelation of the struggles and triumphs packed into the hyphens between Korean and Native American and American. From her, we learn that adoption can best be mutual, that the adoptive parent needs acculturation in the child’s ways. With unflinching honesty and unfailing love, Trevor details the risks and heartaches of taking in, the bittersweetness of letting go, and the everlasting bonds that grow between them all. With ‘Pushing up the Sky’, the ‘literature of adoption’ comes of age as literature, worthy of an honored place in the human story." 

 —Robert Bensen, editor of Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and EducationThe University of Arizona Press

Terra Trevor, and her husband, had one child before choosing to complete their family through adoption. They adopted twice: an infant with special medical needs from South Korea, and an older child. There are two stories in Trevor’s personal account. The first is about her oldest child experiencing difficulty adjusting from foster care in South Korea to adoption in the United States. The second story is about her son, also adopted from Korea, diagnosed with a brain tumor, and how this family, or any family, must endure crises and tragedy and still find a way to go on. 

This is a story of compromises and insights, profound joy, deep suffering, and terrific rewards. Most of all, it is a story on the meaning of family, and learning to let go of expectations and to forge a new identity. The title ‘Pushing up the Sky,’ is from a traditional story from the Snohomish tribe, about the power of people working together for a common good, this is the theme in Trevor's memoir.

1st edition hardcover: 230 pages
Publisher: KAAN; 1st edition 2006
Cover Art by Marcia Adams Ho

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Pushing up the Sky: A Mother’s Story
Complements of Terra Trevor.