DIESEL, A Bookstore is pleased to welcome San Francisco author & resident, Debra Gwartney as she joins us to discuss her remarkable story of love lost and regained. With four young daughters and a miserably failed marriage, Debra Gwartney made the decision to move halfway across the country to Oregon for a new job and what she hoped will be a new life for herself and her daughters. The two oldest, Amanda, 15, and Stephanie, 13, are intensely linked, and come to blame their mother for the divorce, their absent father’s misery, and their family’s isolation. The two run off together — first to the streets of their own city, then jumping freight trains to Portland, then San Francisco, then utterly gone. LIVE THROUGH THIS: A Mother’s Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love is the story of Gwartney’s frantic effort to recover the beautiful, intelligent daughters she cherishes. She paints a vivid picture of the American runaway subculture, with its random violence, dangerous street drugs, and its patchwork of hidden shelters —none of them interested in a parent’s grief. Gwartney resorts to an ex-LA cop to find her daughters, then to foster families and a tough-love wilderness program to keep them from running again. This memoir takes place in the late 1990s and is a pitch-perfect rendering of the scene: from the hole-in-the-wall clubs happy to let in underage girls, to the cutting and the music, the Manic Panic hair color and black hoodies. (booksense)
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