- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003A02XHK
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back (P.S.) Paperback
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But in Chicago, in the early '80s, Claire Fontaine --- for legal reasons, a pseudonym --- makes a seemingly innocent mistake, the kind made by any number of young women in love: She marries the wrong guy. Nick is a Golden Child of Mayflower stock. Well, not so golden. He smokes as much dope as he grows. And his family has views about sex that are --- well, "progressive" might not be the right word for it. "Sick" and "incestuous" come closer.
Claire and Nick have a daughter, Mia. Nick, who has long enjoyed nude gardening, now likes to wander about the house in the buff, pressing his two-year-old daughter against him. Clair objects. Nick has a stunning comeback: "Sex isn't something children should be protected from, Claire. It's like protecting them from good food or music." And, soon, he moves on to abuse his child. And, of course, to beat his wife and wreck their home.
Claire is confused, numb, slow to bolt. Taking Mia to the doctor is a defeat --- the pediatrician, impressed by Nick's name, defends him. Judges prefer more tests to making definitive rulings. No professional cares to hear from Mia, who remembers everything and is now terrified of her father.Read more ›
The program that she belonged to didn't seem too harsh at all. What some people forget to realize is they are dealing with DRUG ADDICTS. Besides using, we've perfected the art of manipulation when it comes to getting what we want & bending any rule to get it.
The bittersweet part of this book is that unfortunately, only the affluent can afford this type of program. This leaves most middle and all low income out in the dust. So, while it is a beautiful story about the bond between a mom & her daughter, it cannot be ignored that this type of care is not available to all. That is a shame as every life holds the same value.
I do highly recommend this book. It's easy reading & goes into the thoughts of Mia Fontaine and her mom, Claire. Both are going thru emotional rollercoasters. This book is also suitable for adolescents.
While runaways often flee abusive homes, Mia has known little but unconditional love. There’s past history here however. Emotional and psychological scarring. Claire’s first husband, Mia’s father, emerges as a drug abusing, violent pedophile who abuses his own tiny child. Though Claire divorces him and eventually remarries a good man who loves Mia, the damage runs deep. She is bright, beautiful, and loving in turn. Yet, she has fled this home with her strange new friend who knows the kind of people Mia thinks she needs. Finding Mia is not the end of this story, but the beginning. Mia escapes every attempt to treat and heal her and descends into an ever bleaker darkness. Driven to desperate measures, Mia’s parents have the financial wherewithal to get her into expensive treatment programs, one in the Czech Republic, and another in Montana, where Mia manages to turn her life around. Aptly titled: Come Back! both Claire and Mia tell their stories and thus weave an insightful tale of love, loss and recovery.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I realize I'm in the minority here, but I didn't really care for this book. The first half was interesting, but the second half wasn't, at least in my opinion.Published 2 months ago by Karen
This was a heartwarming and tear inducing book...may this book help others find their way or at least learn there is a way.Published 4 months ago by Mary V Todd
I read "have mother will travel" first because my daughter and I plan to eventually travel abroad together for the first time ever so I thought this would be a good read,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jenny Richardson
I did like the story being told from two vantage points, one from the abused, drug addicted daughter and then from her mother who experienced her own struggles as well. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Donna J. Huffman
A story of inspiration for every monther of an addict, and hope for recovery for every child that is addicticted to substances.Published 7 months ago by Sandra Marmar
Thank god this is not something I've had experience with, but I appreciate the opportunity to feel the struggle & the happy ending- I've recommended this book to many friends both... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Darlene Ginsburg