In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets and how she and her savvy crew of homeless siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse.
Regina Calcaterra's emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together.
Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.
©2013 Regina Calcaterra (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
I love listening to books and I despise bad narrators.
I love books that are read by the author. Regina was the only narrator that could have told this jaw dropping history. I love her accent, it made me connect to her story that much more. I wanted to reach back in time and help her. This book is excellent.
The Audio version was great, did not read the print version.
That it was a raw, true, emotional story told by the real character herself.
Regina herself without a doubt.
Yes, I was often angry, afraid, happy and sad.
This book will hook you from the very start.
Yes .. the story was voiced in such a way you wanted to reach out and hug those kids and never let them live like that again.
Over and over she constantly climb up and out of so much cruelty.And had such unbelievable courage and faith to keep going when a lot of others would have gave up.
Heart went out to kids..babies had such a horrifying mother.very sad.but very encouraging.
This story will always stay with me.
The story is so well told, I feel like I know Regina and her siblings!
You will walk away feeling inspired by Regina's heart and determination!
When she calls her little sister Rosie, "Mia bambino", you can hear her heart and love for her sister.
I love that they all have their own individual happy endings but they stay a family.
I love this book.! Regina made you feel like you were right there with all the kids. I can't believe that this went on for so many years. It really saddens me that this is still going on in this day and age. Thank you Regina for sharing your story and making us more aware of what can happen. You kids did a great job of raising yourself in such an atrocious situation.
The author did a great job of telling her story without the feeling that it was embellished at all.
The last meeting between the author and her mom was heart wrenching. I can't imagine a mother having such a deep dislike for her child. I kept hoping her mom, at the edge of death, would ask for forgiveness. When it didn't happen, my heart sank.
There were too many scenes that I loved, to name just one would be a disservice to the others.
I thought it was remarkable how hard the author fought to have her biological father identified.
I didn't want the story to end. I wanted to know more about her and her siblings and how everyone is doing today.
Sometimes narrators overplay or underplay their own performance, but Regina Calcaterra did a wonderful job narrating her story. Her accent and pitch were terrific!
No. There were portions that were very difficult to read, but I wanted to see how Regina and her siblings grew and changed and overcame the brutality and inconsistency of their childhood.
This book was not an easy read, and the portions regarding Regina's law suit got a bit confusing, but it is well worth the time and credit. Regina and her siblings are tough, streetsmart and resilient, doing what they had to do to stay together and make better adulthoods for themselves.
Karen of Northern Michigan
I think everyone has hardships they've lived through, many at the hands of their parents and family, but this family of children went through unthinkable hardships because of their abusive mother... It's amazing hearing what the kids figured out they had to do to survive, but even more amazing to know how far they all went in life and what they accomplished, especially the author, Regina Calcaterra... Enjoyed this book very much.. I hope it spurs some loving people into thinking about becoming foster care parents.. I have always heard that there is abuse among foster care, which is just so sad and unfortunate.. Foster care needs parents who really, really do care about children...
I love the Author's accent. I'm from "the area" she grew up in, and it made me feel nostalgic for "Home".
I was excited when she heard from her father.....but don't want to give out spoilers so I can't say why my excitement was short lived.
I just think she is angry at her mom. I did not and will not finish the book, it's that "blah". I know that she had a tough life, but many of us did. I am sorry she had to endure what she did, and I KNOW how hard abuse is on children.
I was really turned off when she brought politics into her story.
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