Life of a Bastard

Life of a Bastard

by Damien Black


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Life of a Bastard by Damien Black

A real account of Javier Soto’s journey of life in foster care. Javier was born in Spanish Harlem (1972) to a 16-year-old Puerto Rican mother and 24-year-old Black father during a period in America when this was considered taboo. Removed from his mother ‘s home along with his sisters due to a suspicious fire "allegedly" set by his mother, and with a father serving prison time, Javier and his two sisters enter foster care.

Their first stop is the Catholic Home Bureau. Survival at all cost becomes Javier’s mantra as he is moved from one home to the next and, along the way, he meets others that have similar backgrounds.

Soon, he outgrows foster homes and a chance to be adopted, and is placed in Children’s Village, and then Pleasantville Cottage School (a home for the “emotionally disturbed”).

What should be your normal teenage angst and growing pains? Like others, his angst is compiled with rage, self-loathing, depression, suicidal thoughts, and juvenile delinquency. Javier tells his story with honesty and brutality while he wonders “how it will end for him?”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634924443
Publisher: Inc
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Winter 1972, “Bloody Sunday”

Chapter 2: My Sister Marilynn and I Have Our First Adventure into the Maze of Foster to Care

Chapter 3: Back to Harlem . . . Back to Hell

Chapter 4: Fracture

Chapter 5: A Shiver at Dusk

Chapter 6: No Mercy

Chapter 7: Hamburger and Applesauce

Chapter 8: Can you Take Me Higher?

Chapter 9: Just a Vacation

Chapter 10: Let’s See What’s Behind Door Number Three

Chapter 11: Fool Me Twice . . .

Chapter 12: Lost Boys

Chapter 13: Hobbies and Passion

Chapter 14: I’ll Be Your Fire Starter

Chapter 15: Broken Up

Chapter 16: Good Morning Maggots

Chapter 17: Pluckies

Chapter 18: Funky, Fresh, and Fly

Chapter 19: Special Education

Chapter 20: Boats against the Current

Chapter 21: And you, Brutus?

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ThumbelinaJJay More than 1 year ago
A moving and riveting tale at its most raw. So many emotions rippled through my thoughts from fear to heartache to anger to love. I cannot wait until the next volume. I highly recommend this!