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Publisher's Summary

Staceyann Chin has appeared on television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show , CNN, and PBS, discussing issues of race and sexuality. But it is her extraordinary voice that launched her career as a performer, poet, and activist. Here, she shares her unforgettable story of triumph against all odds in this brave and fiercely candid memoir.

No one knew Staceyann's mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother's house in Jamaica, on Christmas Day. Staceyann's mother did not want her, and her father was not present. No one, except her grandmother, thought Staceyann would survive. It was her grandmother who nurtured and protected and provided for Staceyann and her older brother in the early years. But when the three were separated, Staceyann was thrust, alone, into an unfamiliar and dysfunctional home in Paradise, Jamaica.

Told with grace, humor, and courage, Chin plumbs tender and unsettling memories as she writes about drifting from one home to the next, coming out as a lesbian, finding the man she believes to be her father, and ultimately, discovering her voice.

©2009 Staceyann Chin (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The listener, especially one who is familiar with Jamaican patois, will be delighted by the author's narration of this true coming-of-age tale.... The quick shifts in the story and Chin's whip-fast delivery put listeners on a roller coaster ride." (AudioFile)

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Excellent

brave and insightful read. Excellent story telling. it is raw and unflinching. didn't want it to end.

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Redemption

This book has been the best book I have read in a very long time. It held my attention from beginning to end. I experienced a plethora of emotions from sad to joyful while reading this book. I found myself rooting for Stacey Ann Chinn throughout the reading. Phenomenal!

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Gifted storyteller! Had me completely captivated!

Excellent and worth every penny! The only thing better is seeing Staceyann perform it live.

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excellent story

This book had me laughing...crying...shocked...etc it kept my interest from beginning to end. absolutely worth a read!

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  • Dennett
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  • 03-14-18

Fascinating Memoir

The author performing her own reading of this book gave the story so much richness. Chin's Jamaican accent and dialect gave a deep authentication to her story.

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Amazing

This story is riveting from start to finish. I root for Staceyann and want her to win throughout the entire memoir. Her bravery and resilience is incredible and truly inspirational.

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POWERFUL

Stacyann's journey is a powerful demonstration of a woman discovering her voice! I loved it and want to know more about Ms. Chinn!!

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Triumph Over Tragedy

Such a tragic, but inspiring story about overcoming seemingly insurmountable tribulations to finally finding peace. Staceyann Chin is an inspiration to all little girls growing up impoverished and with few options to escape it. Her performance was full of life and detailed introspection. Her voices for each person in her life, amazing! So beautifully done!

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A very captivating read.

I was glued to my earbuds from start to finish. I could visualize what the author was saying and wanted to reach out and help on so many occasions. A very captivating and moving story.

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  • Naomi
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Amazing story!

Well written, funnny and inspirational. I really enjoyed the colloquial language interwoven with standard english. Her journey towards self acceptance is admirable. Great listen!! two thumbs up

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