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The Long Road Home,
This review is from: No Longer Silent (Paperback)Tammy's account of her life in "No Longer Silent" closely follows that of my sister. Born into a family where my father was CHRONICALLY unfaithful, my Mama chose to divorce him back in the fifties with five children who had been born in six years. She was shunned by the entire town.
I will not tell you Tammy's story; I hate when that is done in a review. However, Tammy's acting out began as the result of her grandfather and her father's abuse. Filled with anger and a bad self-image, she went about doing everything she could do to destroy any chance she ever had of living what she saw as a "normal" life. Ostracized by everyone, including her own daughter, she felt life was always just not fair.
Unfortunately, what was not fair was Tammy's "choice" to self-destruct. Drugs, alchohol and the behavior that so often go side by side with them became her constant struggle. But, Tammy had one thing going for her. As she became older, she began to realize she wanted to be a mother to her children. A good one. She wanted to provide a good home.
You'll have to read the book to find out if she attained her goal...and if so, how? How does a woman walk through the fire and come out on the other side, undamaged? My sister is returning to prison at 68 years old for 2 years. I am 64. We may never see each other again and it didn't have to happen this way...did it, Tammy?