From the moment she first saw the sign, Orphan Asylum, 10 year old Charlotte Perry knew her life would never be the same. Week after week as she sat with her younger siblings waiting for the promised reunion, fear, anger and abandonment silently echoed in Charlotte's broken heart. Emotions she would pass on to another generation. Echos she would hear for a lifetime.
Silent Echos is not just Charlotte's story of survival which was, in its own right, frightening as it was heroic. In vivid detail and easy prose, the author weaves the loss of her mother's childhood into her own life and that of her children. In a time before families were described as "dysfunction" Fowler seemed to know that her life had been foreshadowed by the innocence her mother lost.
After an anxiety-riddled lifetime of failed relationships and being on the move yet never really getting anywhere, a panic driven Fowler was forced to make some changes. With the help of Las Vegas psychiatrist, to whom she affectionately referred as Dr. J., Fowler began facing her the haunting fears, thus breaking the cycle of pain that affected three generations.
Fowler's ability to describe the variety of places the family called home - New York, Ohio, Texas, Las Vegas, and places in between - reads like a travelogue. None so remarkable as the small Florida towns, where both mother and daughter, as if guided by a star, returned on a regular basis. Those early years before hardship settled in was a time when orange groves bloomed, kids went without shoes, and worries seemed to float away on the Daytona Beach tide.
Silent Echos is not just a tale of struggle. It is a story of family relationships that cannot be broken. It is a story of friendships that last a lifetime. It is a story of strong women determined to change the circumstances of their lives. It is a story of hope. It is a story of love.
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