Split at the Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity

Split at the Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity

Catana Tully / Oct 16, 2019

Split at the Root A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity In this dramatic and beautifully written memoir the author explores questions of race adoption and identity not as the professor of ethnic studies that she became but as the Black child of German

  • Title: Split at the Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity
  • Author: Catana Tully
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  • In this dramatic and beautifully written memoir, the author explores questions of race, adoption and identity, not as the professor of ethnic studies that she became, but as the Black child of German settlers in Guatemala, who called her their little Moor Her journey into investigating the mystery of how these White foreigners became her parents begins when she reluctanIn this dramatic and beautifully written memoir, the author explores questions of race, adoption and identity, not as the professor of ethnic studies that she became, but as the Black child of German settlers in Guatemala, who called her their little Moor Her journey into investigating the mystery of how these White foreigners became her parents begins when she reluctantly considered joining an African American organization at the U.S College where she taught, and she realized it was not just her German accent, that had alienated her from her Black colleagues She discovered under her layers of privilege private schools, international travel, the life of a fashion model and actress in Europe that her hidden story is one of disinheritance.The author s determination to find out who her mother and father really were, and why she was taken from them, tests the love of her White husband and their son, leads her to embrace and then reject the charismatic man she believes to be her biological father, and takes her deep into the jungles of Guatemala to find a family that has kept her memory alive as legend In the book s shocking ending, she learns the truth about who her mother was, and the callous disrespect committed long ago against mother and child in the name of love.

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        Catana Tully grew up trilingual German, Spanish, English in Guatemala where she attended elementary and middle school In tenth grade she entered a boarding school in Jamaica, WI and received her Advanced Level Higher Schools Certificate from Cambridge University, England Expecting to become an international interpreter, she continued her studies at the Sprachen und Dolmetscher Institut in Munich, Germany However, she was called to work in a play and discovered her affinity for the dramatic arts She became the actress and fashion model Catana Cayetano and appeared in Film and TV work in Germany, Austria, and Italy In Munich she met and married the American actor Frederick V Tully and ultimately moved to the United States They have a son, Patrick In Upstate New York, she completed the BA in Cultural Studies, an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Literature, and a DA doctor of Arts in Humanistic Studies She held the position of tenured Associate Professor at SUNY Empire State College, from which she retired in 2003 She returned in 2005 for part time work in ESC s Center for International Programs, where she served as Mentor and instructor in the Lebanon program, and as Interim Program Director for the Dominican Republic In 2011 she retired completely to dedicate herself to publishing Split at the Root She is currently preparing an academic version discussing the psychological issues imbedded in the memoir.


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    1. After reading this memoir I thought it would be easy to praise this book and move on. Not so.Even during this busy Christmas season, I feel compelled to do more, say more, about the author's ability to draw me into her story. Her content intrigues me - the quest for personal identity, blended families. Her style has restraint yet moves in poetic waves.I'm personally interested in 'nature versus nurture' themes. In this book, the author's plight reminds me of a Dickensian character - an 'orphan' [...]


    2. I am the white, adoptive mother of a soon to be 12 year old Guatemalan girl. I loved this book for the many insights it has provided me. As my daughter begins adolescence and the search of who she is to become in her life, reading this book has given me great insight as to what I can do to help her on her journey of self. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has adopted outside their race. I also recommend this book to anyone who has internationally adopted.Written with great verse and b [...]


    3. The book was beautifully written. Story about a little black girl that is raised by white German parents. She lives a very sheltered and privileged life. It is not until she is an adult that she realized how she was kept from her knowing her genetic parents and siblings. She realizes later in life how much her birth mother loved her and wanted to be part of her life. Cantana also realizes the types of racial stereotypes there are in the world whether you are black or white. It gave great insight [...]


    4. This is the remarkable story of a little girl born in South America, raised by wealthy Germans including the best schools, onto exciting careers, marriage and family. But it is so much more. It is a microcosm of the world where we live with lessons about so many things, about which we don't even realize. As this little lady grows up and faces a changing world, the lessons she considers and learns from are valid for all of us. After reading her story, I am proud and pleased to be able to call her [...]


    5. Really good books work on different levels and in different ways. This is the amazing story of a black woman, born in Guatemala in 1940, who lived with Germans and was educated by them, but never adopted. The story of her life would be an amazing read - even without the conflicts. She had a very german upbringing, went to school in Guatemala, later in Jamaica. She was trilingual - german, spanish and english. She had three mothers and two fathers and many names. She was successful in many differ [...]


    6. I finished a book the other day, and I’ve had an irresistible urge to talk about it to every person I’ve seen since then. It’s a book about adoption, but then it’s not quite about adoption.Tully was born to a Guatemalan woman of African origin, but she grew up in the household of a German family living in Guatemala. She became a proper German young lady and eventually moved to Germany, where she became a fashion model and movie star.Although many questions arise for the reader about Tull [...]


    7. Catana, a young Carib child has been torn from her home in an mysterious coastal city.This is a memoir telling the story of a woman's search to figure out her heritage and eventually, herself. She was raised by a fancy and wealthy white European family, living in Guatemala during World War II. She is privileged and loved by her family, but she can't help but feel like something is missing. She becomes unable to handle the everyday pressures in life, and you'll read how she handles her struggles [...]


    8. Catana Tully's Split at the Root is a tale that traverses a multicultural landscape spanning two continents and over sixty years. It begins with her idyllic upbringing by affluent, sophisticated, and loving German parents who took her as their own child in 1940s Guatemala. It is a perfect world for her; but eventually Ms. Tully must leave this protective environment and make her way in the world, where she is confronted by bigotry, racism, and anxiety over exactly who she is and where she belong [...]


    9. An extraordinary, shocking and disturbing true story that left me gasping with outrage at times, Split at the Root is the story about a woman who was removed from her Black birth mother and brought up by a White, German-speaking family in Guatemala, and her subsequent identity crisis in middle-age. Catana grows up in a privileged world where she is treated like a little princess and wants for nothing; a world which is alien and far from the realities of the everyday lives of her Black birth-pare [...]


    10. Encased in memories of love and privilege a young woman's world is rocked as she faces the truth that all may not have been as it seemed. Discovering her roots (birth family) and removing the only mother she had ever known from the pedestal she had placed her on and seeing her instead in all her multifaceted and complex ways - begins a period of discovery and recovery. Learning to love her own skin and identify who she was through knowing her family and history and birth place eased the inward l [...]


    11. Brave and Honest Peek into Race, Identity, Adoption and Family Catana Tully's memoir, "Split at the Root, packs a riveting story. Against a lush tropical backdrop, a remarkable story of transracial "adoption" unfolds. As an adoption coach and an adoptive parent, I found her story riveting. It kept me up late into the night. Page after page, the pieces of the truth--the story behind the story-- began to connect and fall into place. Tully's memoir reads like a well-paced mystery played out in lyri [...]


    12. Hi Everyone I wanted to share my review of Split At The Root : A Memior of Love and Lost Identy by:Catana TullyBecause at times I have the attention span of a flea I was distracted by the book cover for Split At The Root. After reading the description I became a bit more intrigued and my journey into the life of Catana Tully began.Raised not by her birth parents, Catana of Guatemalan decent was raised by German parents in a small Guatemalan village where she spent the majority of her youth years [...]


    13. Reviewing an autobiography is difficult, how do you critique someone’s life story?In this case, the critique is on the positive side. Catana (or Adriana as her birthname was) was given up by her biological mother to be raised by a German family. Normally, that does not seem unusual, but in this case, the child is a Black child and the family is very white, and they are living in Guatemala.Growing up, Catana was loved and given the best of everything, never needing to want for anything, but als [...]


    14. Catana Tully's amazing novel "Split at the Root" caught me completely by surprise. I must admit my expectations prior to reading this novel were simple; it would be a race relations book. Split at the Root is so much more than just race. This memoir gives a full circle view on topics of mixed race, multiculturalism, family dis-functionality and much more. Tully provides a very detail account of her life from childhood straight through adulthood. The reader will appreciate Tully's thorough explan [...]


    15. This was an interesting autobiography of a black woman that had lost touch with her identity. Catana was raised to be a young German girl. The only issue was that she was black. Her "adoptive" parents were white Germans, living in Guatemala. Catana knew her birth mother but despised her and it wasn't until later in life that she was able to determine why. The book takes us from the early days of Catana's life through her later life when she realizes she issues she needs to deal with. Through cou [...]


    16. Insightful memoir! Those of us who are multi-racial, in my case I am biracial, end up discovering an additional journey we have to embark on in order to figure out who we are in light of differing influences around us. It wasn't until college that I realized that other multi-racial students had struggled with many of the same issues I had with self-identity, worth, and role in society. Though our journey's will differ, we do share the same common need to seek our identity in light of family, cul [...]


    17. I was completely drawn into Ms. Tully’s rich, vibrant descriptions of her childhood of where, through an adoption, she had gained so much, only to later discover that she had lost even more. Growing up as the beloved child of a woman who would ensure her success, she grew up to be an accomplished young woman working as a translator, an actress and model and later in life, a professor. Still, it wasn’t until after the birth of her own son that she realized the one thing she lacked in life, he [...]


    18. I'm not sure how I came across this beautiful memoir of a fabulous lady who was raised by a German family. The book helped challenge some of her own perceptions on race, colour and superiority. Worth a read for the insights into racial stereotypes which later turn into understanding of the impact of poor parenting choices. There were a few gaps and confusing moments, hence the 4* rating. Would have been good to understand more about why she was never adopted, explore Ruth's comments about her mo [...]


    19. A powerful life story of the author's efforts to learn of her parentage, which means she must decolonize her mind before she can love her Black-ness and whole self. Catana Tully reconnects with her siblings and untangles the root work of narrative and silences propagated by her German family. I cannot think of more than a handful of memoirs that conclude with love, forgiveness, and acceptance.


    20. This is a dramatic and beautifully written memoir. Catana Tully tells her story about growing up in Guatemala and her adoption by German settlers. She takes you through her journey as a child and adult finding her roots and accepting her heritage. An excellent read to understand the pain and love of cross cultural adoption.


    21. We are proud to announce that SPLIT AT THE ROOT: A MEMOIR OF LOVE AND LOST IDENTITY by Catana Tully is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!


    22. The overall concept of this book was interesting and I'm sure that others will find it riveting. The writing was strong and the characters well-developed, but I just couldn't get into the story. I'm sure that others will enjoy this book a great deal.




    23. Highly recommend this book Highly recommend this book , very well written. I will inform all my friends about it on our facebook reading group


    24. What a powerful story I would recommend to everyone, but most fervently, to my friends personally touched by internationa/transracial adoption. Loved it!


    25. Deeply moving memoir of a multi-faceted, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, richly experienced life. The author did an amazing job of telling her story chronologically, giving the reader the opportunity to "grow up" with her. Mrs. Tully built the characters, places and stories in such a way as to make me, the reader, feel like I was sitting in the parlor hearing her life story and getting to know her in a very intimate, personal way.As she draws the character of herself, I can feel her calm review o [...]


    26. I am always impressed to read someone’s debut novel and find it engaging and well-written as was Split at the Root, a memoir by Catana Tully. Born in Guatemala and raised by people of another class and race, Catana’s journey of self-discovery as she uncovers the truths about her past is both heartbreaking and inspiriting at the same time. The author’s descriptions of the various places and people in her life provide such vivid mental images, it felt like I was right there with her. Tully [...]


    27. An extraordinary, shocking and disturbing true story that left me gasping with outrage at times, Split at the Root is the story about a woman who was removed from her Black birth mother and brought up by a White, German-speaking family in Guatemala, and her subsequent identity crisis in middle-age.Catana grows up in a privileged world where she is treated like a little princess and wants for nothing; a world which is alien and far from the realities of the everyday lives of her Black birth-paren [...]


    28. Naked truth! That’s what author, Catana Tully lays out in her marvelous memoir of her life as a black Guatemalan baby girl raised by a white German matriarch. That basic narrative alone was enough for me to dive right in. So many questions! How? Where? Why? I must have misunderstood the memoir’s description! But no, SPLIT AT THE ROOT tells the story of one woman’s search to precisely understand the how, where, and why of herself. And there’s the rub. How does one uncover decades-old trut [...]


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