A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back
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The unflinching true account of a teenage girl's descent
into society's underbelly -- and her mother's desperate and
ultimately successful attempts to bring her back.
How does an honor student at one of Los Angeles's finest
prep schools -- a bright, beautiful girl from a loving home
-- trade school uniforms and afternoons at the beach for
shooting up in the back of a van in rural Indiana? How does
her devoted mother emerge from the shock of finding that her
daughter has not only disappeared but had been living a
secret life for more than a year?
Mother and daughter tell their parallel stories in
mesmerizing first-person accounts. Claire Fontaine's story
is a parent's worst nightmare, a cautionary tale chronicling
her daughter Mia's drug-fueled manipulation of everyone
around her as she sought refuge in the seedy underworld of
criminals and heroin addicts, the painful childhood secrets
that led up to it, and the healing that followed. Her search
for Mia was brutal for both mother and daughter, a dizzying
series of dead ends, incredible coincidences and, at times,
miracles. Ultimately, Mia was forced into harsh-but-loving
boot camp schools on two continents while Claire entered a
painful but life-changing program of her own. Mia's story
includes the jarring culture shock of the extreme and
controversial behavior modification school she was in for
nearly two years, which helped her overcome depression and
self-hatred to emerge a powerful young woman with
self-esteem and courage.
An unforgettable story of love and transformation, Come Back
is a heart-wrenching and humorous portrayal of the primal
bond between mother and daughter that will resonate with
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