Jessica O’Dwyer is the adoptive mother to two children born in Guatemala. Her book, Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir, was named “Best Memoir” by the San Diego Book Awards Association and one of the Top Five books of 2011 by Adoptive Families magazine. Jessica’s essays have been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Adoptive Families, West Marin Review, and the Marin Independent Journal; aired on radio; and won awards from the National League of American Pen Women. Jessica is a vocal proponent of open international adoption and lifelong connection to birth country. She frequently speaks on these subjects at Heritage Camps, adoption support group gatherings, and book clubs.
Jessica grew up on the Jersey shore, the daughter of a high school shop teacher and Radio City Music Hall Rockette. She lives with her husband and two children in Northern California.