Storkbites: A Memoir

Storkbites: A Memoir

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by Marie Etienne
     
 

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In her memoir entitled Storkbites, Marie Etienne paints a powerful picture of her wealthy Louisiana family - a mother who bounces from sobriety to drunkenness, kindness to vicious cruelty, and an eccentric father who takes bizarre steps to protect his nine children from danger.Storkbites weaves two timelines-one showing a childhood filled with abuse, insanity, and

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In her memoir entitled Storkbites, Marie Etienne paints a powerful picture of her wealthy Louisiana family - a mother who bounces from sobriety to drunkenness, kindness to vicious cruelty, and an eccentric father who takes bizarre steps to protect his nine children from danger.Storkbites weaves two timelines-one showing a childhood filled with abuse, insanity, and material excess, and the other, the adult trying to make her way in California as a new mom. Murder, suicide, promiscuity, and alcoholism overshadow Mardi Gras balls, Christmas celebrations, and a daughter's bittersweet coming-of-age. Vivid scenes depict Daddy, nightly, tucking his children into bed, and hours later, Momma waking them for a beating. Marie is seduced by her married gynecologist. Pull-the-plug battles emerge as Momma lies dying in ICU. In the midst of a divorce, Marie sees her handprint on her son's back and vows stop the cycle of abuse-both as victim and perpetrator. Filled with hope, Storkbites shows the fierce love between siblings and the determination of one young mother desperate to escape her abusive past.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974847405
Publisher:
Alluvium Books
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Series:
Customs and Etiquette Pocket Guides Series
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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