Singer/songwriter Laura Love is known for her "folk-funk" style of music. In this, her first written work, she focuses her talents on a poignant memoir of growing up in an extremely dysfunctional family during the 1960s. Shuffled from a mentally unstable mother to foster homes and orphanages and back again, Laura finds escape through her music. Heart wrenching and shocking, her story is also inspiring. "... searing account of a childhood lived on many fringes: the fringe of sanity, of racial identity, of society, of personal safety."-The Washington Post
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"This autobiographical audiobook written by acclaimed singer/songwriter Laura Love is not a story for the faint-hearted. Love's nightmare childhood revolves around her mother's mental illness, foster homes, orphanages, and the prevalent racism of the early 1960s. This memoir needs a masterful narrator to help the listener empathize with these children and their mother. Unfortunately, Sharon Washington is not that person. Rather than draw the listener to the characters, Washington's reading is distanced, more emotionally detached than all embracing. Washington has a fine reading voice, but it lacks the maturity and compassion necessary to make this horrific story palatable. P.R. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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