Mistakes to Run With

Mistakes to Run With

A Memoir

eBook - 2019
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A NATIONAL BESTSELLER A devastatingly frank memoir that tears open the past to examine how circumstances--and the choices we make--dictate the people we become, for fans of Educated and The Glass Castle. Mistakes to Run With chronicles the turbulent life of Yasuko Thanh, from early childhood in the closest thing Victoria, BC, has to a slum to teen years as a sex worker and, finally, to her emergence as an award-winning author. As a child, Thanh embraced evangelical religion, only to rebel against it and her equally rigid parents, cutting herself, smoking, and shoplifting. At fifteen, the honour-roll runaway develops a taste for drugs and alcohol. After a stint in jail at sixteen, feeling utterly abandoned by her family, school, and society, Thanh meets the man who would become her pimp and falls in love. The next chapter of her life takes Thanh to the streets of Vancouver, where she endures beatings, arrests, crack cocaine, and an unwanted pregnancy. The act of writing ultimately becomes a solace from her suffering. Leaving the sex trade, but refusing to settle on any one thing, Thanh forges a new life for herself, from dealing drugs in four languages to motherhood and a complicated marriage, and emerges as a successful writer. But even as publication and awards bolster her, she remains haunted by her past.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Penguin Canada, 2019
ISBN: 9780735234420
Characteristics: c
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Jun 20, 2019

Yasuko Thanh reflects on her childhood and early adulthood with
insight, courage and honesty.
She joins a long list of talented writers (Brando Skyhorse:Take this Man/Terese Marie Mailhot :Heartberries/ &Maude Julien:The Only Girl in the World)who have defied the odds of parental malpractice and cruelty through the gift of words.
A profound sadness seeps through these pages,and lingers too long.

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