Regina Calcaterra's wrote about the childhood she and her siblings endured (and survived) on Long Island in the 1970s and 80s.
Girl Unbroken: A Sister's Harrowing Story of Survival From the Streets of Long Island to the Farms of Idaho is Calcaterra's youngest sister's story.
Rosie Maloney writes of a childhood full of physical abuse and verbal abuse, as she is raised by a mother who is mentally ill. I've read several of these types of memoir before. No matter the author, I believe that writing their story is therapeutic and cathartic for them. I believe this of Maloney's story as well. But what makes this more than just another story of this genre is Maloney's voice.
I felt as though I could relate to Maloney almost instantly. She grew up in the same time period I did, although my childhood was nothing like hers. Her writing is smart and she has a talent for recounting what her life was like in a matter of fact way. I felt sorry for her, but knew because she had written her story, that she survived.
I've always been a sucker for a survivor's story. From One Child by Torey L. Hayden to They Cage The Animals At Night, there are tons of well-written books that fall into this category. This book should be included in the list.
Thanks to TLC Books for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
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