A Long Way Home

by Saroo Brierley

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How does A Long Way Home portray identity?

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Saroo's quest to find his original home and be reunited with his birth mother becomes an important part of his adult life. While growing up in Australia, he wondered about his earlier life but felt that it would be impossible to learn more. Taking the steps to find a specific place then became a way to regain a lost piece of his life. Saroo had to come to terms with the idea of being two people in one. This dual identity, he came to realize, was a source of strength more than an obstacle. His adoptive parents had helped make him a resilient person who grew up to have the inner resources to take him on the long, complex journey to his first home.

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