- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: She Writes Press (September 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631528343
- ISBN-13: 978-1631528347
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 127 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters Paperback – September 20, 2016
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"Pieces of Me is an important, honest, and heart-rending story of a brave young mother's struggle to save her precious daughters, no matter the toll it takes on her, as she through it all carries the double burden of reliving her own childhood trauma."
—Lene Fogelberg, author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller Beautiful Affliction
"Lizbeth Meredith writes hauntingly about an all too common experience - domestic violence - and its ultimate aftermath: kidnapping. In the face of a mother's nightmare she summons all her resources to recover her daughters. Pieces of Me is powerful testimony to one woman's courage and resilience in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and to the unbreakable bonds between a mother and her daughters."
—Eleanor Vincent, author of Swimming with Maya: A Mother's Story
"Pieces of Me is the inspiring tale of how a quietly powerful woman overcame bullying, abduction, arrest and being failed by the authorities in two continents to free her daughters."
—Dr. Jane Wilson-Howarth, author of A Glimpse of Eternal Snows
"In mid-March 1994, Meredith writes, her former spouse kidnapped their two young daughters from Alaska and took them to his native country of Greece. Over the next two years, she tried to locate the girls and bring them back to her Alaska home, all while navigating a bureaucratic and legal labyrinth in a foreign culture. This book is a remarkably eloquent and harrowing account of a journey that would tax any parent. The book's conclusion could hardly be a more resounding tribute to the human spirit. A unique perspective on a harrowing Greek odyssey."
"One of the many strengths of her trenchant pilgrimage to rescue her children is that it does not devolve into a cloying composite of artificially constructed set pieces, designed to squeeze our tear ducts dry. Meredith gracefully pulls us in to her journey so that we?re traveling into Greece with her, by her side, silent participants, holding on as best we can, much like she is doing. Her recounting of this painful episode remains a taut thriller, a twisting rollercoaster ride up and down the gamut of emotions."
"Pieces of Me is a well-written yet plain-spoken book about complex events. Primarily told in the present tense, it can be raw, pulling no punches and putting you in Lizbeth Meredith’s predicament… The support she receives from much of her community and from Greek people themselves offsets the anguish of not knowing what her daughters are experiencing, part of which is their transformation into little Greek girls. Pieces of Me is a triumph not only for Meredith, but for any parent faced with the sudden, brutal kidnapping of their children.
About the Author
Lizbeth Meredith is a writer with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in psychology. She has worked as a domestic violence advocate and a child abuse investigator, and with at-risk teens as a juvenile probation supervisor. She blogs at www.lameredith.com, is a contributor to A Girls' Guide To Travelling Alone by Gemma Thompson, and is the author of When Push Comes to Shove: How to Help When Someone You Love Is Being Abused. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska near her two adult daughters.
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Through it all......the hurt, pain, frustrations, anger, loneliness, fear, brokenness, and financial struggles....Lizbeth holds on and with a mother's love continues the fight to bring her daughter's love.
Any parent should be able to appreciate this book. I also recommend this book to anyone who has been a victim of domestic violence.....Lizbeth shares her experiences with the violence her ex-husband committed against her and her further work with victims. A good read that shows how far a parent is willing to go to get their precious children back. Another page turner I would recommend is Betty Mahmoody's book, Not Without My Daughter.
The story is engaging from the beginning, and being a parent, I kept thinking about what I would have done if in the same circumstances. The resolve shown by the mother in the continued increasingly stressful situations was remarkable and showed the true love of a mother for her children. That said, the author authentically pointed out her own flaws and struggles at times with being a parent of young children in stressful situations. Anyone with young kids can relate to how difficult they can be in the best of circumstances, so reading about her struggles in the worst of situations made me wonder how I would have behaved in a similar situation.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope you do as well!