A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back

Paperback - 2007
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In powerful parallel stories, mother and daughter give mesmerizing first-person accounts of the nightmare that shattered their family and the amazing journey they took to find their way back to each other. Claire Fontaine's relentless cross-country search for her missing child and ultimate decision to force her into treatment in Eastern Europe is a gripping tale of dead ends, painful revelations, and, at times, miracles. Mia Fontaine describes her refuge in the seedy underworld of felons and addicts as well as the jarring shock of the extreme, if loving, school that enabled her to overcome depression and self-loathing. Both women detail their remarkable process of self-examination and healing with humor and unsparing honesty.

Come Back is an unforgettable true story of love and transformation that will resonate with mothers and daughters everywhere.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : HarperPerennial, 2007, c2006.
ISBN: 9780061567575
Characteristics: 311, 16 pages ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Fontaine, Mia - Author


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Mar 11, 2018

The book is worth reading because of the sections written by Mia. Her telling of her drug addiction is honest and heartbreaking. She is resilient and introspective. The sections written by Claire are the opposite of that. It felt like I was reading a memoir by someone who still doesn't get it. Claire says she knew her husband would sexually abuse her daughter, but she wrongly assumed he wouldn't do it while Mia was young. It was hard to have any sympathy for Claire after reading that. A therapist told Claire that Mia's trauma would resurface as a teenager, yet Claire was still completely surprised when that exact thing happened. I wish the book had been written by Mia alone, so it didn't get bogged down by Claire's cluelessness.

Dec 15, 2013

Interesting idea, it coming from the mother and daughters perspectives. In some. It's its almost unbelievable, especially the daughters experience of boot camp. A good read with a hopeful ending.

Jan 16, 2013

I have to disagree with lenore. Having been through a drug rehab myself. I felt the truth come out through the book. I related to Mia on this level. As a mother I empathized the Claire. Theirs is a journey through Hell.

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