By Claire Fontaine
How does an honor pupil at one in all Los Angeles's best prep schools–a great woman from a cheerful, loving home–trade university uniforms and afternoons on the mall for speedballs at the back of a truck in rural Indiana? How does her committed mom emerge from the surprise of discovering that her daughter has not just disappeared yet have been residing a mystery lifestyles for greater than a yr? mom and daughter inform their parallel tales in enchanting first–person debts. Claire Fontaine's tale is a parent's worst nightmare, a cautionary story chronicling her daughter Mia's drug–fueled manipulation of each person round her as she sought shelter 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 used to be brutal for either mom and daughter, a dizzying sequence of lifeless ends, fantastic coincidences and, now and then, miracles. finally, Mia used to be compelled into harsh–but–loving boot camp colleges on continents whereas Claire entered a painful yet life–changing application of her personal. Mia's tale contains the jarring tradition surprise of the extraordinary and debatable habit amendment tuition she was once in for almost years, which helped her conquer melancholy and self–hatred to emerge a strong younger girl with self–esteem and braveness. come again is an unforgettable tale of affection and transformation that might resonate with moms and daughters all over.
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Noooo! He’d do that when I wasn’t expecting it. When I was leeeeast expecting it. ” as he stomped a lampshade to death. Mia’s screaming sent me bolting down the hall. I grabbed her out of her crib and kept dodging him, trying to get to the door, a window, any escape. The madness continued as long as there was anything to demolish. Food, plants, furniture. Mia dug her ﬁngernails so far into my neck she drew blood. ” at the same time he was throwing our house at us. Until there was almost nothing left to destroy, until he’d worn himself out.
But I was so exhausted and fearful, and she so insistent, I gave in. ” She grabbed me and started to cry. She shrunk into a ball in my lap and I knew immediately that I’d done something I’d regret for the rest of my life. It didn’t matter that I told her that I was going to ﬁght hard to stop him; her safe world was shattered. I was furious at my sister-in-law and myself. I could see in Mia’s face that her little life was snapped in two. Her ﬁrst Before and After. Mia was never the same. Sometimes, she’d stare off into space and a ﬂeeting melancholy would pass across her features.
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. So the TV began to disobey her little by little. It was both heartbreaking and comical to see her keep swinging and pooﬁng to no avail. I told her the TV grew up and had its own power now.