The Giveaway Child

Local author Greg Carson explores a troubled past in his first autobiography on growing up as an unknowingly separated triplet.

The Giveaway Child is a poignant story following the life of Hope author Greg Carson, who was tragically separated from his brothers at birth. Carson was raised by a family member after his parents divorced and he found himself surrounded by a series of unfortunate events, including a not so congenial stepfather and the mistreatment he suffered at the hands of his parents.

As a result of his less than ideal childhood, Carson spent a lifetime feeling that he was a bit of an enigma.

“I always felt different, something wasn’t quite right, but I couldn’t quite place it,” he told The Hope Standard.

Carson’s first memories were of his “shadow friends,” which he later realized were a subconscious manifestation tying him to his brothers.

“The feeling of loneliness, even with family and friends, followed me,” he said. “There was always the knowing that something was missing, but I couldn’t place what it was.”

After years involving lies of omission and the disconcerting realization that his father had kept the truth from him, Carson grew up and lived an unsettled adult life, always searching for something he couldn’t understand.

The dyslexic author felt an incompleteness that haunted him, until finally, at the fateful age of 70 he discovered the shocking news that he had been born a triplet.

The Giveaway Child is now available at the Simon Fraser (SFU) Bookstore in Burnaby at 778-782-5533, or email the cp coordinator at courseware@sfu.ca. It can also be ordered at amazon.com.

The book can be requested from both providers by the name of The Giveaway Child Book 1 The Life of a Canadian Leftover, by Greg Carson, ISBN 978-0993968709.

It will also be available as an eBook on Kindle.