With or Without You

With or Without You

A Memoir

Book - 2013
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Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter a love of stories. Despite the fact that there was not a book to be found in her household, Domenica developed a love of reading, which helped her believe that she could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by. With or Without You is the story of Domenica Ruta's unconventional coming of age and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780812993240
Characteristics: 210 p. ; 25 cm.


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Feb 16, 2019

The bonds between mother and daughter sometimes reach beyond understanding, and this story animates the conundrum. Resiliency wins the day. Or does it? Check it out.

Sep 16, 2014

okay not fully what i was expecting...a little "poor me"


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