This is a story that is start and honest filled with determination. It is a compelling narrative about hardship, survival and resilience. After reading this story, I was convinced that we all can overcome any challenges from our past. It is quite a bit like the previous few books that I reviewed so far this year for the 13th Canadian Book Review Challenge.
Joanne Vannicola grew up in a violent home with a physically abusive father and a mother who had no sexual boundaries.
After being pressured to leave home at fourteen, and after fifteen years of estrangement, Joanne learns that her mother is dying. Compelled to reconnect in any way she can, she visits with her, unearthing a trove of devastating secrets.
Joanne relates her journey from child performer to Emmy Award-winning actor, from hiding in the closet to embracing her own sexuality, from conflicted daughter and sibling to independent woman.
This book is a testament to survival, love, and the belief that it is possible to love the broken, and to love fully, even with a broken heart.
I love stories like this. May we all heal from all the difficulties that we face in childhood. It can be hard to forgive our parents for all of their indiscretions while we were growing up. But forgiving can be the most freeing thing that we do for ourselves.