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5 out of 5 stars
By Claudette Fucci on 11-02-16


I grew up in Manchester so this book was very interesting but to my book club friends it was a shocking book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mell Gallahue on 09-07-16

Story of Strength, Skillfully told

At times I had to remind myself that this was a true story, when I did I needed to take a break and muster the strength to continue. It took me places I didn't want to be but I felt I needed to "be there" for Norris. Her masterful narration let me know it was going to be OK. A must read!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-12-17

Leaving my best friend...

What Gloria Norris has accomplished with this amazing story of overcoming her situation is outstanding! Every time I put it down I felt like I was leaving my best childhood friend, couldn't wait to return and share in her journey.
Her story was, my story ...many other friend's share the same up bringing with parents who were irrational, complicated and loving while making sure you knew what a burden loving you could be. it's history of our town, a murder that was unthinkable, a home movie of real people who are relatable to everyone.
To not read this amazing memoir would be a mistake, Don't be a "dummkopf" Let little Gloria take you on a tour of how life was in Manchester, NH.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Leah on 07-17-16

Survival of the Fittest

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shirley. Bless her heart! I have been where she existed. Her only way out was years beyond. Yet, she did the best she could, with the tools she knew how to use.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were hundreds, literally. But every occasion involving the snow globe.....my heart would race and I would tell myself, "This is it! It's going to happen!" That subject on yearning for the stories in our heads vs reality struck me in my heart.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every time Gloria's light either dimmed, or went out. So very painful.

Any additional comments?

The author's tone, the way she learned to survive, her allegiances to dysfunction as a kid being all that she knew, the family words (Dumkoff, Dracula, etc..) and rules to live by (i.e. 'Leave it on a stone wall...') Some of them were meant to dampen the fighting spirit at times, and others they were so familiar that they were comforting.
This book had me from the first page. I felt deep sorrow, desperation, love, the essence of family, anger, a whole gamut of emotions-except happiness. By the time that came, I was too wrung out.
Well told! Congratulations!

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