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Publisher's Summary

Raised by a mother who turned to drugs to relieve past pain, Valencia had to grow up fast. Being welcomed by gangs, being shunned by her family, and finding motherhood early should have sealed Valencia's fate, at least according to all the statistics.
Open, honest, and often raw, Motherless Child exposes a falsehood far too many of us have been led to believe - that those raised in addiction will fall victim themselves.
Instead, she found an inner strength born of determination, resolve, and forgiveness.
Her heart-wrenching story unfolds through glimpses of her own life and recollections of her mother, a woman she never knew till long after her death. Raw, poignant, and brutally honest, Motherless Child steps into the void and reveals the hope, and forgiveness, the data ignores.
©2018 Valencia Griffin-Wallace (P)2018 Valencia Griffin-Wallace
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5 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 03-25-18

We shall overcome.

What made the experience of listening to Motherless Child the most enjoyable?

It is difficult not to be inspired by a person that needed to overcome the bad cards that were
dealt to her.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Author of course is the story.

What about Andrea Jones-Pierre’s performance did you like?

She did her best to make the listener understand the writers life and how far she had come.

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


Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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3 out of 5 stars
By Bill Beaulac on 03-27-18

Wash, rinse, repeat . . . wash, rinse, repeat . .

While this is a personal story of a woman's fight to overcome an upbringing in culture of abuse, poverty, drugs, and gangs, to me it seemed not much different to so many other stories that are so very similar. In fact, I have read of much worse environments out of which other people have come. While I can sympathize for those that are forced to endure such hardships, and am thankful that some persevere through the other side, this story just seemed like 2-hours of repeated scenes of physical and mental abuse resulting in fights and relocations. It is only in the final 20-minutes, or so, that we get a glimpse of the authors personal victories over her circumstances, followed by 5-minutes of poetry readings. Perhaps, and sadly, it is a case of me having read or listened to so many similar stories that this one just didn't separate itself from any of the others.

Having said that, this review is not a reflection on the hardships the author had to endure and overcome, but simply a review of her work, It also needs to be said that the narrator, Andrea Jones-Pierre, did a fine job with the various voices from the street language to the male voices, she seemed to nail them all; truly a case where the narrator sets the scene very well. Although I found this particular story to be about a "middle of the road" rating, I would recommend it to anyone that has not read or listened to a woman's story around the topics covered in the work. Certainly a story that needs to be told, I look forward to the day when there are not so many of them needing to be told. God speed . . .

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