Augusta, Gone

Augusta, Gone

A True Story

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Baker & Taylor
A mother-and-daughter memoir focuses on the author's struggle to protect her teenage daughter Augusta from the self-destructive behavior that characterized her own youth. 50,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

The author relates her struggle to protect her teenage daughter Augusta from the self-destructive behavior that characterized her own youth.

Simon and Schuster
"I'm not telling you where I am. Don't try to find me." Remember Go Ask Alice? Augusta, Gone is the memoir Alice's mother never wrote. A single parent, Martha Tod Dudman is sure she is giving her two children the perfect life, sheltering them from the wild tumult of her own youth. But when Augusta turns fifteen, things start to happen: first the cigarette, then the blue pipe and the little bag Augusta says is aspirin. Just talking to her is like sticking your hand in the garbage disposal. Martha doesn't know if she's confronting adolescent behavior, craziness, her own failures as a parent -- or all three. Augusta, Gone is the story of a girl who is doing everything to hurt herself and a mother who would try anything to save her. It is a sorrowful tale, but not a tragic one. Though the book charts a harrowing course through the troubled waters of adolescence, hope -- that mother and daughter will be reunited and will learn to love one another again -- steers them toward a shore of forgiveness and redemption. Written with darkly seductive grace, Augusta, Gone conjures the dangerous thrill of being drawn into the heart of a whirling vortex. This daring book will be admired for its lyricism, applauded for its courage, and remembered for its power. It demands to be read from start to finish, in one breathless sitting.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2001
ISBN: 9780743204095
0743204093
Branch Call Number: 306.8743 DUD
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 23 cm

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