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Let the Tornado Come: A Memoir

by Rita Zoey Chin

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People hear the word 'abuse' and more often than not, think physical. But wait...there's more...add in mental and emotional, wrap it up in one package and you have a ticking time bomb. Wrap it all up in a beautiful female package and it becomes Rita. One can run from childhood trauma but there is no hiding, no escape, it's a part of who you are. Shove it away and it WILL burst out in one way or another...

But there is more to this story, a story of struggle, strength, loss, confusion, choices, despair and...love. The craving of love from a parent, the search for replacement love from whoever might give it, if one is lucky- the love of a soul mate, and in this case....the love of and for a horse. A soul mate of sorts with four legs!
The moral? Never give up on yourself. Accept the hurt and work around it.
FAVORITE QUOTE: " how sweetly the lotus grows in the litter of the wayside"
  linda.marsheells | Jul 30, 2014 |
Read this review and many others on my blog For Such Love We Feel.

I received this book free from NetGalley and Simon and Schuster as an advanced reader copy.

Let The Tornado Come is a beautifully written, thought provoking novel that anyone can relate to. Rita Zoey Chin delivers a raw look back at her own life that is simultaneously sad and triumphant and left me wanting more of her insight and wisdom. Her narrative voice spoke to me in a way that few authors have been able to, and I felt a kinship with her as she journeyed through her childhood on into adulthood, a solemn creature who knew the fragility and weight of joy. You feel the sweetness of her highs and the weight of her lows as Chin navigates between a sudden anxiety disorder and learning to ride the horse that soothes her fears. She recreates the soaring feeling of cantering with her words alone, and describes the one of a kind relationship you can only have with an animal. As a horse lover myself, it made my heart swell to read that someone else could feel so strongly and so similarly about them and it is amazing to hear the healing qualities of even the smallest things they do. And, as a sufferer of an anxiety disorder, Chin’s writing filled me with a sense of hope that if someone else can suffer so badly and overcome it, then I can continue to push through my own struggles. This intriguing, intricately written novel wraps itself around you and cradles you in its arms; it made me cry, laugh and sigh all in the same breath and it reminded me of the redemptive qualities of love in all of its many forms.

I would honestly recommend this book to anyone – if you’ve ever felt alone in a room full of people, if you’ve had a parent abandon you, if you’ve ever loved something so much it hurts, or even if you haven’t experienced any of these things, you need to read Let The Tornado Come. I cannot wait to see what other things Rita Zoey Chin releases out into the world; her narrative voice is strong and lyrical and I hope she continues to publish not only fiction, but poetry. I love when a book can remind you that there are other people out there in the world like you, when a book can make you feel something you haven’t felt before, or reaffirm your hope that things happen for a reason. If you take nothing else away from this book, take this: “Yet despite the fear and sadness and shame I carried, hope kept sprouting up like weeds in the cracks, taking root inside me.” Let that hope grow my friends, nurture it, surround yourself with people who will also nurture it and never forget that you are beautiful no matter where your life has led you. No one can take away your hope, it is a part of you and this book is a beautiful example of that truth. ( )
  morgtini | May 8, 2014 |
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"From an award-winning poet comes this riveting, gorgeous memoir about a young runaway, the trauma that haunted her as an adult, and the friendship with a horse that finally set her free. When she was eleven years old, Rita began to run away. Her father's violence and her mother's hostility drove her out of the house and into the streets in search of a better life. This soon led her into a dangerous world of drugs, predatory older men, and the occasional kindness of strangers, but despite the dangers, Rita kept running. One day she came upon a field of horses galloping along a roadside fence, and the sight of them gave her hope. The memory of their hoofbeats stayed with her. Rita survives her harrowing childhood to become a prize-winning writer and the wife of a promising surgeon. But when she is suddenly besieged by terrifying panic attacks, her past trauma threatens her hard-won happiness and the stable, comfortable life she's built with her husband. Within weeks, she is incapacitated with fear--literally afraid of her own shadow. Realizing that she is facing a life of psychological imprisonment, Rita undertakes a journey to find help through a variety of treatments. It is ultimately through chasing her childhood passion for horses that she meets a spirited, endearing horse named Claret--with his own troubled history--and together they surmount daunting odds as they move toward fear and learn to trust, and ultimately save, each other"--… (more)

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