ABOUT THE BOOK
"The wicked prey
The faithful pray
and no-one is safe
from those who
will not sleep"
Abandoned by her mother.
Failed by foster care.
To survive, she'll have to rely on herself.
New York City, 1979, Joanna's mother sends her on cocaine delivery runs. She spends many days alone locked up in a Jackson Heights apartment, and many nights lying awake in fear for her life. After two traumatic years living with her mother, she is sent into a foster care system that fails to protect her.
Through an inspirational first-hand account of her chaotic childhood, author, podcaster, and creative entrepreneur Marina Aris explores the cycle of familial abandonment and how it impacts the lives of unwanted children.
A must-read for social workers, child welfare professionals, and teachers alike. This book is a testament to the power of human resilience.
"A Triumph in every sense! It takes courage to write any book, but a personal memoir about a childhood of fear, neglect, and abuse is a whole other level of bravery. Despite only rare and brief examples of kindness or integrity, Marina Aris has risen time and again to prove she has both. Breaking horrific cycles of rage and violence, she has achieved self-awareness and perspective through painful reflection and fierce determination. This book is both moving and important."
BETH KALLMAN WERNER
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marina Aris is an author, speaker, podcaster, founder of the Brooklyn Writers Co, founder the Brooklyn Writers Press and ambassador for the New York City Authors Guild. Her work has been featured in the Magic of Memoir anthology published by She Writes Press. Marina is also a foster youth advocate and a devoted mama.