Nanette Wolf Davis

Nanette Wolf Davis

NANETTE WOLF DAVIS

The author

Nanette Wolf Davis is currently a freelance writer, in St. Petersburg, Florida, and retired from a full-time teaching career to complete her first novel in 2018, ten years after the death of her mother.

Nanette’s desire to publish her memoir, “Orphan Tales: A Search for Truth, Love and Family, was generated from her personal childhood experiences of alienation and abandonment. She felt a sense of duty to herself to untangle the web of secrets, lies and uncertainty, that surrounds a secret adoption. Her battle with the State of New York is ongoing, and she fights to regain her true identity, with adversity at every turn and feels the pangs of not knowing her origins.

Nanette as a child

Nanette as a child

Nanette belongs to her local writing group, Keep St. Pete Lit, a non-profit organization, established to explore writing and reading on all levels, and attends classes in memoir, fiction, and poetry. In addition, she participates in various critique groups to foster her writing talent, as well as attending the Cape Cod Writer’s Conference.

A flash fiction version of Nanette’s short story, “An Unlikely Superhero,” was selected to be performed by improvisation actors, at The Unscripted Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2016, and received an outstanding review.

At this point in her life, a first-time reunion with her birthparents would make her dreams come true and fulfill the memoir’s purpose.

It is strange to imagine that a frail and fragile newborn might be sold. Maybe the young woman from whose body I sprang to life felt that she needed the money. But her real reason for relinquishing custody of me on the very day of my birth remains unknown.
Excerpt from Orphan Tales