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Butterfly Tears: Stories of Entrapment to Empowerment Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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I'm now a Best Selling Author in the Romance category, and I should point out that I write erotic romance that is really for adults only. I grew up mostly in Southern Florida and moved to New York as soon as I turned 18. I have a vivid imagination and that's where most my stories come from. A few are from dreams that were so real I could remember them all day, and a couple are somewhat based on my own experiences with the names (and a few other things) changed to protect us both. Most of all I'm a (fairly) young, romantic girl who loves fantasy, sweets, sex and writing (but not in that order)! When I get my own juices flowing while I'm working on a story, that's when I'm pretty certain my readers will get hot and bothered too!
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The stories are unbelievable and inspiring. That parents can do these things to their own daughters, makes me angry.
Yet, each story takes me from anger to hope and gratitude for Pathways to Independence and others that intervened in their lives.
Showcasing a unique program in California called Pathways to Independence, Butterfly Tears is a collection of nine women's personal stories. Each story, written in the common voice of women whose lives were transformed by participation in the program, recounts haunting realities of trauma wrought upon the human condition. These realities become diffused and eventually altered by a chain of love, hope, and action galvanized by Pathways to Independence.
The anthology is organized in three sections: Strengthening their Wings (stories of current clients); Outside the Cocoon (success stories of clients who completed the program); and Wind Beneath their Wings (the people behind the organization).
Each story will kickstart a reader's desire to be a part of something so transformative. One woman's story entitled, "Four O'Clock," provides a straight-forward account of repeated abuse unleashed at four o'clock each day upon her father's return from work. She would do anything necessary to be out of the house by four o'clock rather than face being a target of her father's unrelenting rage.
In "The Nightmare after Christmas," a young client reflects, "I really could have used a mother growing up. Every time she disappeared, we felt abandoned by the woman who had given us life..." Unfortunately this abandonment carries with it all the signature ravages of neglect, multiple molestations, drug use, and fights leading to incarceration.
But the reflection entitled "From East LA to Law School" is perhaps one of the most touching. Requesting to join the program, a client is turned down twice. A former gangster, this cookie scared people; she even scared herself. Mr. Bishop tells her to come back upon completion of a community college course. She takes a course and earns an A. Still acting as filter, he suggests she take another course and come back; she does, sporting another A. This butterfly appears ready to begin her emergence; she is accepted. Reading her long story, though, it seems her acceptance by Pathways is a poor decision. Trying to raise a child on her own, with a history of poor performance in school, the odds don't favor her. But as she becomes more self aware through the required counseling, she advocates on her own behalf at a law school, asking to be admitted on a part time basis only. The pace is right and she launches! A reader will begin to note these young ladies pumping their wings as their stories progress.
Butterfly Tears presents a plea for more programs and for funding. In spite of some editing issues that should have been cleaned up, the book is still an inspiring promotional piece to set out on the tables of corporations and foundations on the lookout for worthy causes to contribute to. The work that Pathways does can be researched on the organization's website.
by Shawn LaTorre
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
I was very humbled as I read of the hardships these women endured.
Their stories were heart-rendering and quite compelling.
Nine brave young women tell us of their suffering unspeakable abuse, struggles with addiction and in many instances hitting rock bottom.
Fortunately, there are organizations like Pathways, founded twenty years ago by Dave Bishop and generously supported by many compassionate benefactors.
Hundreds of women have been helped and dramatically turned their lives around, thanks to the comprehensive and effective program that Pathways provides.
There are too many women who have suffered from a terrible start in life, and live in despair.
We'd all be well served to take the time to read this book, and become inspired to work toward helping troubled girls and young women become empowered and transformed.
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