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A Real Emotional Girl: A Memoir of Love and Loss | [Tanya Chernov]

A Real Emotional Girl: A Memoir of Love and Loss

A Real Emotional Girl tells the true story of young Tanya, growing up in the wonderland of her family’s summer camp. At 16, this idyllic life is interrupted when she must face her father’s sudden illness. Tanya, her mother, and two brothers find themselves cramped in a tiny cabin in a tiny town in northern Wisconsin in the dead of winter. There, they wait for her father to die of cancer. Separated from friends and civilization, Tanya has only her fears and uncertainty for company.
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Audible Editor Reviews

The number of memoirs around today is astounding, but none of them compares to A Real Emotional Girl: A Memior of Love and Loss. While many might consider a memoir by such a young writer to be too hasty a career choice, the overflowing of personal depth in each chapter proves otherwise. To top it off, performer Casey Halloway provides an honest, true-to-life feeling to the audio.

A Real Emotional Girl follows the real life of author Tanya Chernov. It recounts the glorious time spent at her family's all-girl summer camp, which is abruptly interrupted by the cancer diagnosis of her father - an event that will shape the rest of her life. A genuinely heart-wrenching journey that speaks of pain and loss but also survival through the determination of love.

Publisher's Summary

One girl’s true story of witnessing death and lifting its long black robes to peer at what lies beneath.

A Real Emotional Girl tells the true story of young Tanya, growing up in the wonderland of her family’s summer camp. At 16, this idyllic life is interrupted when she must face her father’s sudden illness. Tanya, her mother, and two brothers find themselves cramped in a tiny cabin in a tiny town in northern Wisconsin in the dead of winter. There, they wait for her father to die of cancer. Separated from friends and civilization, Tanya has only her fears and uncertainty for company.

At the age of 20, Tanya loses a man who was not only her father but a surrogate father to thousands. Richard Chernov was a man who shared himself, humor and all, with just about everyone who would let him. And with this same unflagging commitment and passion, Tanya shares her struggles - and the blessings she finds in them. Her memoir is a complex amalgam of human strength and fragility, which creates an inimitable coming-of-age story. This is a story of family and pain, of survival and growing up, and ultimately of love. For anyone who has ever experienced loss, A Real Emotional Girl offers a glimpse, provocative in its raw honesty, into the nature of grief and the positive transformation that can follow.

©2012 Tanya Chernov (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A contemplative, profoundly moving meditation on life, love and death.” (Kirkus Star Review)

“In this engaging debut work (despite its awkward title), Chernov re-creates the emotional devastation wrought by her father's death, followed by a gradual realization of what was most valuable in their relationship.” (Publishers Weekly)

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