By Claire Fontaine
How does an honor scholar at certainly one of Los Angeles's most interesting prep schools–a great woman from a contented, loving home–trade college uniforms and afternoons on the mall for speedballs behind a truck in rural Indiana? How does her dedicated mom emerge from the surprise of discovering that her daughter has not just disappeared yet were residing a mystery lifestyles for greater than a yr? mom and daughter inform their parallel tales in enthralling first–person money owed. Claire Fontaine's tale is a parent's worst nightmare, a cautionary story chronicling her daughter Mia's drug–fueled manipulation of each person round her as she sought safe haven within the seedy underworld of felons and heroin addicts, the painful formative years secrets and techniques that led as much as it, and the therapeutic that undefined. Her look for Mia used to be brutal for either mom and daughter, a dizzying sequence of useless ends, outstanding coincidences and, every now and then, miracles. eventually, Mia was once compelled into harsh–but–loving boot camp colleges on continents whereas Claire entered a painful yet life–changing software of her personal. Mia's tale contains the jarring tradition surprise of the intense and debatable habit amendment tuition she was once in for almost years, which helped her triumph over melancholy and self–hatred to emerge a strong younger lady with self–esteem and braveness. come again is an unforgettable tale of affection and transformation that might resonate with moms and daughters all over.
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Extra resources for Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back
We endured two years of smaller hoops with bigger ﬁres, so the honorable judge could get at The Truth. Of course, all he needed to do was talk to Mia. She was the keeper of Nick’s secrets. But why listen to COME BACK 37 a small girl? Courts then didn’t listen to big girls, ask rape victims, ask black-eyed wives. Anything Mia or I said was invalid until one of the experts said it, too. And I never got over the fear of the consequences if they didn’t. It was ever present, my fear that he could hurt her again.
She was the keeper of Nick’s secrets. But why listen to COME BACK 37 a small girl? Courts then didn’t listen to big girls, ask rape victims, ask black-eyed wives. Anything Mia or I said was invalid until one of the experts said it, too. And I never got over the fear of the consequences if they didn’t. It was ever present, my fear that he could hurt her again. I was reduced to two emotions, love and fear. I felt them so intensely, it must have altered my DNA. I’d mutated into a Mia-protecting machine.
We scooped her up and scolded her about looking both ways. By the time we ordered dinner, she seemed ﬁne. Then her mouth and shoulders suddenly sagged. I asked what was wrong. “I just have this feeling that I don’t like being a person,” she said quietly. I took her to see a child psychologist, Colleen, a very caring woman who spent over a year helping Mia through this time. Though Mia grew to feel safer, she remained a changed girl. She became a nervous child. There was a shadow across her heart.