) is a novel by Libby Purves
about a young American computer expert who goes in search of the relatives of his biological mother, a teenage heroin
addict in 1970s London
when she had him who was pronounced an unfit mother and who died soon after giving birth to him. Raised by his paternal grandparents, the young man has never been to England again after being carried off to the United States by his father, who also died young.
Mother Country explores the culture clash between the two nations, drug addiction and rehabilitation, family secrets, and the will to move on in life.