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Publisher's Summary

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

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I love the sound of Regina's voice

Where does Etched in Sand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Big eye-opener about our Foster Care system

This non-fiction book was very disturbing in a very
inspiring way. This story will stay with me a long time.
We need to pay attention!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A wonderfully told story

Would you consider the audio edition of Etched in Sand to be better than the print version?

The Audio version was great, did not read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

That it was a raw, true, emotional story told by the real character herself.

Which character – as performed by Regina Calcaterra – was your favorite?

Regina herself without a doubt.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I was often angry, afraid, happy and sad.

Any additional comments?

This book will hook you from the very start.

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Amazing story .Could not put it down.

Would you listen to Etched in Sand again? Why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Have you listened to any of Regina Calcaterra’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Heart went out to kids..babies had such a horrifying mother.very sad.but very encouraging.

Any additional comments?

This story will always stay with me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Inspiring!

What did you love best about Etched in Sand?

The story is so well told, I feel like I know Regina and her siblings!

What did you like best about this story?

You will walk away feeling inspired by Regina's heart and determination!

What does Regina Calcaterra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

When she calls her little sister Rosie, "Mia bambino", you can hear her heart and love for her sister.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love that they all have their own individual happy endings but they stay a family.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A must read of hope and determination!<br /><br />

This book grabbed me from the beginning. Anyone who has suffered rejection from a parent and is forced to raise themself and their siblings will find
strength, courage, and most of all hope in this beautifully narrated true story.

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*Against All Odds*

One would never guess from looking at the successful adult that Regina Calcaterra is, that her childhood was a wretched life of abuse and neglect at the hand of an alcoholic mother. She and her sisters and brother suffered endlessly, going without food or a place to live and being beaten often. They were tossed in and out of foster homes throughout their childhoods. But somehow the bond of love held them together through it all. Regina, who has the heart of a pit bull: loyal, stubborn, fierce, and determined, fought her way out of that life of tragedy so that she could someday help others like her. I have had numerous foster children in and out of my home, but none with a story so tragic as Regina's. With all the odds stacked against her, Regina was still able to pull herself out of that wretched life and cross the street to the other side, where the grass is greener and life is good. I applaud you Regina!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Heartbreaking

It’s an amazing story of perseverance and determination. It was so tragically graphic though I had nightmares from many parts of the story. The love between siblings is beautiful but that someone could be so evil to their own children or foster parents so cruel makes me sick.

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So many emotions.

I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I selected this audiobook. I found myself getting angry at the author's mother, nervous for her and her siblings, upset at the turmoil she experienced, but elated at the happy ending. So many emotions in one book.

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Excellent book!

This is a must read! Regina does an excellent job narrating her own book .

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  • Jackie
  • 12-14-16

Courage and survival that will humble your heart

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I have listened to both sister's books and come away a bit ashamed to consider my own life challenges as quite as difficult as before. The ability to survive not only in tact but to have come as far as these sisters and brother have...and with the willingness to share their story has changed my heart forever and i am blessed to have listened to both books.

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  • Kim
  • 04-24-17

Must read!!!

What an extraordinary story. My heartfelt congratulations to Regina. I'm eager to hear Rosie's story now. What a story!!!