Live Through This : A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love (Paperback)

Author: Gwartney, Debra

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With four young daughters and a miserably failed marriage, Debra Gwartney moves halfway across the country to Eugene, Oregon, for a new job and what she hopes will be a new life for herself and her daughters. The two oldest, Amanda, 15, and Stephanie, 13, have a symbiotic relationship so intense they barely know where one begins and the other leaves off. They come to blame their mother for their family''s dislocation and one day the two run off together--to the streets of their own city, then San Francisco, then utterly gone. Faced with the unraveling of the family she thought she could hold together through blind love, Gwartney begins the painful--and universal--journey of recognizing her own flawed motivations as a mother. "Live Through This "chronicles Gwartney''s frantic efforts to recover the beautiful, intelligent daughters she cherishes. The triumph of her story is its sensitive rendering of how all three women have dug deep for forgiveness and a return to profound love.


Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780547248011
SKU 210667431
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0547248016
Release Date 2/1/2010
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5L x 0.5T
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Annotation Debra Gwartney shares the heartbreaking true story of her search for her runaway teenage daughters. After her divorce, Gwartney, a contributor to Newsweek magazine, decided to move herself and her four daughters from Arizona to Oregon. Still reeling from the divorce, 15-year-old Amanda and 13-year-old Stephanie were unable to accept life in their new home, turning at first to drugs and alcohol, and then taking to life on the streets. As Gwartney attempts to bring her daughters home, she reflects on her own role in their plight and tries to repair their broken relationships. A finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle award for autobiography.
Editors Note A compelling family memoir describes how a mother, dealing with a failed marriage and four young daughters, moved across the country in an attempt to build a new life, only to have her two teen daughters run away, in a book that recounts her frantic struggle to find them and her efforts to rebuild their relationship. Reprint.
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