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By Richard B. Pelzer

ISBN-10: 044657970X

ISBN-13: 9780446579704

This successful follow-up to his "New York instances" bestselling memoir "A Brother's trip" chronicles Pelzer's heartbreaking teenage years as he struggled with the consequences of youth abuse and the way a surrogate family members provided him convenience and wish.

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She was the only one that even tried. She introduced me to her husband, her family, and a few select neighbors, including Judy Prince—people who weren’t tainted by Mom’s negative influence—not yet, anyway. Looking back, I know that her kindness, her love, and her unsolicited recognition saved me. What Darlene gave me at that time was more than I had ever expected from anyone. What she gave I treasured above everything. She gave me respect, and the opportunity to speak. She gave me friendship. She gave me hope.

I was confused and I was damaged. My entire teenage life I continued the self-destruction. It became part of me. It constituted who I was and what I thought about myself. This experience has helped me in ways that few people will ever understand. Until now. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This work would not have been possible without the tenderness and patience of my wife Joanne. Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Digby Diehl, my editor Barbara Daniel, my agent Jim Schiavone, Ron Goodson, Chris and Geoffrey Tubbs, and Judy Prince-Hansen.

And for that moment I, too, was glad to be there. I had seen something that I knew I would remember till the day I died. I felt a quiet and a calmness in my heart. It seemed in no way odd that I found comfort among the headstones and the graves. As I stood in front of the angel, I looked into her face and saw there an expression of joy and peace. I must have stood there all of twenty minutes before I finally walked away. I looked over toward Mom and the boys, and it struck me that perhaps my idea of committing suicide was wrong.

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