Item description for Cry Into the Wind: A True Story by Othello Bach...
A modern day version of Grapes of Wrath, Cry into the Wind offers a revealing glimpse into the dysfunctional existence of an American Family and the healing power of duty, love and reconciliation.
Othello's recount of her childhood---of the truck that was the only home she knew during the first six years of her life, the two-room shack that claimed her mother's life in a tragic fire, the abusive behavior of an alcoholic father, and the eleven long years she spent with her siblings at an Oklahoma orphanage---is captivating. Recording her memories in a simple yet touching style, Othello conveys strength of emotions that have been distilled and clarified over time. Cry into the Wind is a story of triumph over adversity: a testimony to the strength of the American Spirit and a valuable source of inspiration for those struggling to overcome the effects of an abusive childhood.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2005
Publisher Seven Locks Press
ISBN 193164361X ISBN13 9781931643610
Availability 0 units.
More About Othello Bach
Othello Bach, author of 18 published books, grew up in an orphanage. Despite her humble beginning, she wrote a bestseller at the age of 24 and sold it to Avon Books. Her next two popular novels sold to Zebra Books, and then she turned her attention to the challenging world of children's books. She composed her first song in grade school, so it was natural for her to bring music to her children's books. She has 37 songs recorded by stage and screen stars Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes and Sandy Duncan.
Othello Bach currently resides in Kokomo, in the state of California. Othello Bach was born in 1941.
Reviews - What do customers think about Cry Into the Wind: A True Story?
HEART RENDERING AND UNFATHOMABLE! Aug 1, 2006
Othello Bach has written one of the most heart-rendering memoirs in existence. Home for her and her six siblings was the back of a truck, a trench in the field, or if they were lucky - a shack with no running water or electricity. For much of the time the family is without shoes, heat or food. Food, if there was any, was on most occasions "greens and vinegar." Othello's mother loves her children dearly, but Dad is an alcoholic who comes and goes like the wind. When Othello brought a school friend home for lunch, she was so appalled by the disgusting greens and patchwork newspapers covering the walls, she ran from the shack never to speak to Othello again. It was not uncommon for Othello and her family to be referred to by others as "white trash." What Othello really wanted in life was something to eat other than greens, a pair of shiny black shoes and a rubber doll. Her mother told her she might as well, "cry into the wind" because the possibility of getting any of those was next to none - hence the name of the book.
When Othello's mother dies as a result of burns from a fire, the situation takes a turn for the worse, if that is possible. The book makes one take a look at their own surroundings and count their blessings, no matter how great or humble the conditions may be. "Cry into the Wind" is comparable to other books like "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt, "Change Me into Zeus's Daughter" by Barbara Robinette Moss and "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls - all of which are a testimony to the strength of the human spirit. Just make sure you have some tissues handy because all of these books are about survival in a world that has not been kind, compassionate or fair. "Cry into the Wind" is no exception. Othello's strength is an inspiration to anyone who has survived insurmountable odds.
Annette Bergman, author of Return to Tybee May 12, 2006
Othello Bach has been amazingly honest in Cry Into The Wind. This courageous woman needs to be commended for her honesty about such personal and heart touching subjects. Othello's story will make most of us count our blessing and marvel at the road traveled by Othello to become the person that she is today. What an example Ohtello has been for humanity. I recommend everybody read Cry Into The Wind.
Little Lady,Big Heart Apr 21, 2006
When I first got "Cry Into the Wind" I wasn't sure how quick I was going to get to it. I had a lot of other books I was wanting to start. But my wife pick it up off my night stand and she had it read in two days. She just kept saying WOW. So I thought I better start this one soon and I did. I do have to say once you start Othello's Book "Cry Into the Wind" it is hard to put it down. This is no fluff book and it is a real heart breaker. I think knowing Othello is OK and safe made this book easier to read. So if you read this one and you see no hope for her don't worry she is OK and she has turned out to be a very special lady. The nice thing about reading "Cry Into the Wind" was that my wife and I talked about the book as I was reading it and that made the book more enjoyable to read. This book really floored me and I think it will have an affect all that read this book. I wish I could write a better review on "Cry Into the Wind" I can't do it justice. Read it you will not regret it.
A Very Special Book Jan 25, 2006
All though this book, I kept thinking what a special person the author was (is), all her life. And what a hard-scrabble life she had! I was so pleased to learn that she had the fortitude and courage to get out when she was able, and it appears she has led a good life since then, which was the young age of 16. The story of her and her family is inspiring, and I feel like I want to say I am so sorry she had to go through all that she endured, even though it may have inspired her to be the wonderful person she appears to be today. If you liked The Glass House and other recent memoirs, you will love this book.
Absolutely Inspiring! Dec 29, 2005
This is by far the most riveting book I have ever read. From the moment I saw the first words, I could not put it down. But beware - you cannot read this book and not cry! However, although Ms. Bach's life story is often heart-wrenching, her message is full of hope and comfort for us all: there is nothing in this life, no hardship so great, no suffering so deep, that it cannot be overcome.
Everyone, regardless of background or circumstance, should read this book.