Born in Shame Themes

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Truth/True Identity

Shannon goes into a tailspin after her mother confesses that Colin Bodine was not her biological father. She feels that her entire life has been a lie: through everything she fought so hard for, all the accomplishments she had made, all of professional success, she had been laboring under a misapprehension. These feelings are compounded when Amanda dies directly after her confession, and a few days later Shannon learns she has biological sisters in Ireland who have issued her an open invitation to come visit. Shannon struggles with the decision to go to Ireland: she is a person who likes to be completely in control, and so many changes in her life make her feel completely out of control. This is especially evident in her relationship with Murphy. Shannon quickly realizes she is attracted to Murphy, but refuses to allow herself to cultivate the relationship because...

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