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Publisher's Summary

In this memoir, the pseudonymous author, Ruthie Bolton, tells how she overcame tremendous obstacles to find her place in the world. Born into poverty in a rural Southern town, Bolton was abandoned by her 13-year-old mother and raised by her step-grandfather, an abusive tyrant who beat his wife to death and terrorized his children. With remarkable candor yet no trace of self-pity, Bolton describes how she used alcohol and drugs to try to escape her nightmarish existence. But her inner strength shined through, enabling her to clean up her act, finish school, begin a career, and find happiness in a new, loving family life.
Recording (P)1994 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1994 by Ruthie Bolton

Critic Reviews

Winner of AudioFile 1996 Earphones Award, Nonfiction.

"[Narrator CCH] Pounder is amazing in her portrayal of Ruthie.... Ruthie's story is a triumph. This program is a triumph." (AudioFile)  

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This was a most horiffic story -I could not imagine the crulety and abuse they all suffered! And to know it was true was even more heartbreaking-how do you rate a story that involves such cruel acts! The grio was on point-her performance drew a vivid picture-one which I'll have a difficult time forgetting. I pray healing for the Survivors.

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the book gal

i loved this book it had ups and downs stwist and turns and its very emotional but overall its a great book.

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Good read!

Really pulls you in.The reader makes it come alive.Its a must add to your library.

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CCH Pounder brings life to this story!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gal is my favorite character. Gal perseveres when many would have given up. I respect and admire such tenacity and willpower.

What about C.C.H. Pounder’s performance did you like?

I am a fan of Ms. Pounder's, which prompted me to purchase he book. Ms. Pounder's performance definitely did not disappoint. She embodied the essence of Gal, which made Gal feel tangible and real. Without such a strong, honest and believable performance by Ms. Pounder, I more than likely would not have connected with Gal and her story.

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  • Tinisa
  • Wilmington, DE, United States
  • 01-13-11

My heart!!! Breaks, mends, then melts all in one book.

I felt like my BFF was sitting next to me telling her story. Such a sad story, but love won in the end.

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Very good

I loved the story and the expressive reader
Bittersweet . CC Pounder did a great job . She made the story. Those type of things really happened

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