Autobiographical novel about a real working woman whose life was touched by autism and mental illness. A story of survival and renewal. Without the means to take time off to explore and regroup, this is a true story of what happens when a real person has the world fall apart around her. It’s a story about finding one’s way back home. Astoria Story.
“Heartbreaking, and inspiring!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Fran
In my opinion your life story is heart breaking. Unlike you, I was not so obedient, I broke the silent rules many of times and paid for it. I enjoyed reading your book.
I honestly thought as I read it “this isn’t real,” “this cannot be happening.” You see this in movies, on the TV not in real life, but it did happen, to you. I do not know how I would have managed what I would have done, had I been in your shoes. I do know I am a little bit more outspoken than you, those in-laws would have gotten an ear full. I just couldn’t put the book down – it was hard. I needed to know what would happen next, how you would deal with the problems. Not only was I sadden I laughed and at times a bit angry yelling at you to tell them off! Walk away just screw it — but that’s easier said than done. I have been there, dealt with divorce, and the issues of being a single parent with no help from anyone — so I know, easier said than done.
Best of luck, I’m so happy you found peace and happiness. You deserve it.
About the Author
After decades as a medical secretary and raising a child with autism, I went back to college and earned my degree in order to validate myself as a writer. My first book, a memoir titled “Astoria Story,” was a learning experience and still, to this day, feels like I have ripped my heart out and offered it up for someone, anyone, to stomp on.
At the suggestion of a fellow classmate, I tried my hand at children’s books when I became inspired by the adoption of my rescued dog, Harry Spotter. My hope was to help raise money for the rescue group that found and fostered him, Almost Home Dog Rescue of New Jersey.
The “child” I raised is a grown up woman now, earning a PhD in neuroscience. Luckily, she still enjoys dabbling in artwork and has done some delightful and original illustrations for “The Amazing Canine Adventures of Harry Spotter” and for “KittenCat.” Currently, I am working on a sequel to “Harry” which will include more of her wonderful illustrations.