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Publisher's Summary

A collegiate Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Stacey Patton penned this moving memoir describing her tumultuous childhood growing up first in a state institution and then in a fractured foster family. Her hope is to shed new light on issues facing black families.Growing up, Patton had very little sense of personal identity while living in the foster-care system. When she was adopted by a God-fearing and hard-working couple, she finally felt like she had a place in the world. But her life quickly descended into a nightmare when her new mother became increasingly domineering while her new father often acquiesced to his wife's blistering demands. Stacey would go on to pursue a Ph.D., but not before battling thoughts of suicide and even homicide.
©2007 Stacey Patton; (P)2008 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Vermont on 05-23-08

Moving-powerful & insightful

Interesting and educational. Easy to follow story but with facts and history mixed. The author allows you to look into portions of her life while educating us on portions of other lives.

Well written & nicely narrated.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Debra J Tetreault on 01-23-09

eye opening

There was a lot about this book that I loved. It helped me understand another culture in ways I never could have without experiencing the authors pain and ultimate survival.

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