Three Little Words A Memoir (Paperback)
|Author: Ashley Rhodes-Courter|
|Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in 14 different foster homes. In this unforgettable memoir, the author recounts her years growing up in the foster care system, revealing painful memories but also her determination to discover the power of her own voice.|
From the Publisher:
"Sunshine, you're my baby and I'm your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she's not your mama." Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.
Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative,humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed - and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.
This stunning memoir, based on an award-winning essay written when the author was 17, shares a tumultuous life story that is sadly familiar to the millions of children in foster care. Placed in the system at the age of four, Ashley Rhodes-Courter endured over a dozen foster homes before being adopted by a loving family at the age of 12. Rhodes-Courter chronicles time spent with both loving relatives and devastatingly cruel foster parents with a clarity and simplicity that is powerful and moving. Although her story has a happy ending, the adjustment to a permanent placement wasn't smooth, and reveals the incredible challenges foster children face in learning to trust again. Inspiring, bracing, and unshakably honest, this story promises a thought-provoking, tear-streaked read.