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Overview The Eleventh Summer is the true story of a courageous eleven-year-old girl locked in an emotional battle for survival with her suicidal alcoholic mother. Love and faith play an important role as she triumphs over the traumatic events of the summer of 1967.
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Studio: Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher PLEASANT WORD #888
ISBN 1414106076 ISBN13 9781414106076
Availability 0 units.
More About Sarah Norkus
Sarah Norkus grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of the editor of the horse racing magazine, "The Horseman" and "Fair World." She likes to say that writing is in her blood. Her cousin, Stephen Ambrose wrote many historical military books including, "Band of""Brothers." She has two published books, a memoir, "The Eleventh Summer," and a literary fiction, "Until the Wind Changes."Sarah now resides in Colonial Heights, Virginia with her retired military officer husband, Michael. When she isn't writing, Sarah volunteers with the American Red Cross, and in the children's division at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Sarah enjoys speaking to groups and refines these skills through her TriCity Toastmasters Club. She is the current Regent of the Colonel John Banister Chapter, The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, an organization devoted to patriotism, education, historic preservation and community service.
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Stunning honesty that says with you long after you close the book Nov 26, 2008
Sarah, often called Sally, tells the story of her eleventh summer. Her dad left and divorced her mother when she was eight years old. She was left with an alcoholic mother and three younger siblings. Her mother was drunk usually at all times, and it left Sarah to grow up and take care of her siblings. She learned to do the cooking, cleaning, and to pack school lunches.
At times growing up, a housekeeper/nanny named Mattie was in the home. She loved the children as her own and often ran interference between Sarah and her mother. Sarah's mother had a habit of going over the edge over small things and hitting her with a wooden spoon or belt. At other times she would verbally abuse Sarah to the point that she believed she was worthless.
Mattie introduced the children to the Bible and Jesus. She would read them parts from the bible and teach them songs. Mattie would hug and kiss the children and tell them that she loved them, which is something Sarah's mother never did. Sarah's mother would go to church when she was able, even though she was an alcoholic. Sarah talked to her mother and the priest, and she could be baptized. This was one of the highlights in Sarah's life.
Sarah goes through a lot of rough times her eleventh summer. But thankfully she had Mattie and her dad who gave her faith and helped to make it through the tough times. She lost years of her childhood so she could help with her siblings since her mother was often drunk or passed out.
This is a good read for anyone. The book touched my heart and even brought a couple tears to my eyes. My praises go to Sarah who shared her story with us. It takes a brave person to tell of living with an alcoholic and some of the things she endured that summer.
The author even went so far as to put contacts in the back of the book of agency names who can help with alcoholism and children of alcoholics.
Armchair Interviews says: A memoir of a young girl that will stay with you long after you finish reading.