By Claire Fontaine
How does an honor pupil at one in all Los Angeles's most interesting prep schools–a great woman from a contented, loving home–trade university uniforms and afternoons on the mall for speedballs at the back of a truck in rural Indiana? How does her dedicated mom emerge from the surprise of discovering that her daughter has not just disappeared yet were dwelling a mystery lifestyles for greater than a yr? mom and daughter inform their parallel tales in enchanting first–person money owed. Claire Fontaine's tale is a parent's worst nightmare, a cautionary story chronicling her daughter Mia's drug–fueled manipulation of each person round her as she sought safe haven within the seedy underworld of felons and heroin addicts, the painful early life secrets and techniques that led as much as it, and the therapeutic that undefined. Her look for Mia used to be brutal for either mom and daughter, a dizzying sequence of lifeless ends, excellent coincidences and, now and then, miracles. finally, Mia was once compelled into harsh–but–loving boot camp faculties on continents whereas Claire entered a painful yet life–changing software of her personal. Mia's tale contains the jarring tradition surprise of the intense and debatable habit amendment university she used to be in for almost years, which helped her triumph over melancholy and self–hatred to emerge a robust younger girl with self–esteem and braveness. come again is an unforgettable tale of affection and transformation that would resonate with moms and daughters all over.
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Or I could hold the pants up with that Navajo beaded belt and use the Tupperware belt to hang myself. God help me, it was vanity that made my decision. Forget it, I told Paul, Mia will have to lie every day knowing that if she screws up, Mommy goes to jail. And it’ll ﬂat out kill me to become Jane Smith, tight-lipped blond bookkeeper for Frank’s Fuel-n-Feed. COME BACK 47 I found another lawyer in Chicago who established that nothing would happen without the Sex Offender therapy Moran ordered. Nick ﬁnally withdrew his motion.
The judge knew there was evidence to the contrary. The judge didn’t care. He wanted more proof, more reports. He initiated Round Two of the system: The Experts. Courtappointed psychiatrists and psychologists, experts in sex abuse, psychological testing. We endured two years of smaller hoops with bigger ﬁres, so the honorable judge could get at The Truth. Of course, all he needed to do was talk to Mia. She was the keeper of Nick’s secrets. But why listen to COME BACK 37 a small girl? Courts then didn’t listen to big girls, ask rape victims, ask black-eyed wives.
I’d come all the way across the country to escape from Nick and the one psychologist in the entire state of California I happen to call is the 46 C L A I R E F O N TA I N E A N D M I A F O N TA I N E wife of a P family friend. Who had been at my wedding. I don’t know who was shocked more, she or I. Paul came home to ﬁnd me staring at the phone, practically catatonic. If I had any doubt Nick would learn where we lived, I didn’t anymore. It took me exactly one day to ﬁnd the Underground. I met a well-dressed young woman at a café and explained my situation.