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In accordance with her Sicilian Catholic family’s unspoken code, Paolina Milana learned at an early age to keep her secrets locked away where no one could find them. Nobody outside the family needed to know about the voices her Mamma battled in her head; or about how Paolina forged her birth certificate at thirteen so she could get a job at The Donut Shop; or about the polIn accordance with her Sicilian Catholic family’s unspoken code, Paolina Milana learned at an early age to keep her secrets locked away where no one could find them. Nobody outside the family needed to know about the voices her Mamma battled in her head; or about how Paolina forged her birth certificate at thirteen so she could get a job at The Donut Shop; or about the police officer twenty-six years her senior whose promise to her Papà to “keep an eye on her” quickly translated into something sinister. And perhaps that’s why no one saw it coming when—on the eve of her sweet sixteen, pushed to edge—Paolina attempted to take her own mother’s life. Raw and compelling, The S Word is the true story of a girl who nearly suffocates in the silence she was taught to value above all else—until she finally finds the strength to break free of the secrets binding her and save herself....

Title : The S Word: A Memoir About Secrets
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ISBN : 9781631529276
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 165 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The S Word: A Memoir About Secrets Reviews

  • Teresa Kander
    2019-01-21 04:48

    I was touched by this book from the moment I read the dedication:This book is dedicated to anyone who may be keeping secrets.To children too little to know they warrant a voice.To teenagers too confused to think they have a choice.To adults too overwhelmed to do what's right.And to those of us who have survived crazy and who--blessed with a little perspective (not to mention nearly a decade of therapy)--realize we no longer need to stay silent,and that spilling secrets may just help othersfrom feeling as if they need to keep theirs.Every chapter of the book is titled with an "S word" which relates to the events it relates. The author has to deal with a life complicated by a mother with mental illness--a mother whose illness leads her to believe the entire family is out to kill her. To help her family, she lies to get a job, which leads to seduction and rape. It's a compelling story of all she went through, and her journey to overcome the past. Very powerful, and also memorable. I laughed, I cried, and my heart ached for the young Paolina....and then I felt proud and happy to see how she changed her life.I received a copy of this book from Booksparks in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.