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Domenica Ruta was not blessed with a role-model mother, but she was nevertheless blessed. Kathi, her heroin-addict single mom, kept her home from school, encouraged her to have sex, apply for scholarships, and watch movie classics. Living in the midst of such wild dysfunction, Domenica learned both by following examples and fighting them. Her portrait of her mother in With or Without You is affectionate, without relinquishing its sense of balance and loss. A rare, unfeigned mother-daughter story; a Discover Great New Writers selection.