Friday, January 30, 2009

Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters

Eugene writer Debra Gwartney’s memoir, Live Through This: A Mother’s Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love is a riveting account of being a single parent. Gwartney is the mother of four daughters, and after her divorce, she moved with her girls from Arizona to Eugene. Amanda and Stephanie, the two oldest girls, full of anger and blaming their mother for their broken lives, soon ran away and spent the next several years living on and off the streets. The author went through years of trying to find them and help them and bring them back home, only to have them leave again. This is a ruthlessly honest and incredibly brave book – one that deals with the unraveling of a family, and also with the hard work of forgiveness it takes to mend one. It’s also impossible to put down. We read it in one sitting. (Note: Debra Gwartney will be at the store on March 10th to read from this book!)

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