Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and by Claire Fontaine

By Claire Fontaine

How does an honor pupil at one among Los Angeles's most interesting prep schools–a great woman from a cheerful, loving home–trade college uniforms and afternoons on the mall for speedballs behind a truck in rural Indiana? How does her dedicated mom emerge from the surprise of discovering that her daughter has not just disappeared yet have been residing a mystery existence for greater than a 12 months? mom and daughter inform their parallel tales in captivating first–person money owed. Claire Fontaine's tale is a parent's worst nightmare, a cautionary story chronicling her daughter Mia's drug–fueled manipulation of all people round her as she sought safe haven within the seedy underworld of felons and heroin addicts, the painful early life secrets and techniques that led as much as it, and the therapeutic that undefined. Her look for Mia was once brutal for either mom and daughter, a dizzying sequence of lifeless ends, really good coincidences and, now and then, miracles. finally, Mia used to be compelled into harsh–but–loving boot camp faculties on continents whereas Claire entered a painful yet life–changing application of her personal. Mia's tale contains the jarring tradition surprise of the intense and debatable habit amendment institution she used to be in for almost years, which helped her triumph over melancholy and self–hatred to emerge a robust younger girl with self–esteem and braveness. get back is an unforgettable tale of affection and transformation that might resonate with moms and daughters in all places.

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I worked regularly, and in genres women rarely wrote in then—action and futuristic thrillers. But my primary ambition was to be a great mom. I knew these were magic years and reveled in them. So did Mia. She thought it was Herself that magically controlled the TV. She turned it on and off and changed the channels because she had The Power. ” and it obeyed. We thought she’d outgrow it, as children outgrow the tooth fairy. She didn’t, and by age six, we were afraid she’d be humiliated at some friend’s house.

One night as we walked to her favorite restaurant for dinner, she galloped in front of an alley without looking, just as a car was pulling out. The car’s brakes squealed and Mia froze inches from the bumper. It was the second time in a few days she’d done it. We scooped her up and scolded her about looking both ways. By the time we ordered dinner, she seemed fine. Then her mouth and shoulders suddenly sagged. I asked what was wrong. “I just have this feeling that I don’t like being a person,” she said quietly.

I would bide my time while I got a degree so I could support Mia. Then I’d take her and get out. Before he did kill me. “See,” he said of the return of his sweet, accommodating wife, “what did I tell you? ” Now that Mia spoke and walked, he spent more time playing with her. He’d giggle on the floor with her, pulling on a curly blonde wig from her dress-up box. I’ll wish later I’d never bought that wig. For years, she’d have nightmares of him wearing it. While Nick was at work, I’d scour college catalogs at the library.

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