"A multilayered memoir that probes profound questions of identity…Saffian explores this complicated material in beautifully nuanced prose to create a book that grows richer page by page."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Ithaka never loses momentum. Compelling, honest, and forthright, it is a beautifully written and spellbinding book. I couldn’t put it down."
–Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters
"This fascinating story of Sarah Saffian’s psychic journey to a home she never knew tells much about the complexities of adoption. Even those who’ve thought deeply about the issue are likely to be surprised and engrossed by her tale."
–Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha
"A joy to read."
"There is love and laughter in Sarah Saffian’s Ithaka, which almost overwhelms the heart of man and of woman. When I finished it, I wiped the furtive tear, sighed, smiled, and was glad to have read it."
–Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming
"[An] unsparingly honest memoir…intriguing insights into the nature of family, of loyalty, of inheritance, of what we’re born with and what we’re given along the way by those who love us most."
–Francine Prose, Elle