By Claire Fontaine
How does an honor pupil at one among Los Angeles's best prep schools–a great woman from a contented, loving home–trade college uniforms and afternoons on the mall for speedballs at the back of a truck in rural Indiana? How does her committed mom emerge from the surprise of discovering that her daughter has not just disappeared yet have been residing a mystery lifestyles for greater than a 12 months? mom and daughter inform their parallel tales in enthralling first–person money owed. Claire Fontaine's tale is a parent's worst nightmare, a cautionary story chronicling her daughter Mia's drug–fueled manipulation of each person round her as she sought shelter within the seedy underworld of felons and heroin addicts, the painful adolescence secrets and techniques that led as much as it, and the therapeutic that undefined. Her look for Mia was once brutal for either mom and daughter, a dizzying sequence of useless ends, brilliant coincidences and, from time to time, miracles. finally, Mia used to be pressured into harsh–but–loving boot camp faculties on continents whereas Claire entered a painful yet life–changing application of her personal. Mia's tale contains the jarring tradition surprise of the intense and arguable habit amendment tuition she was once in for almost years, which helped her conquer melancholy and self–hatred to emerge a robust younger lady with self–esteem and braveness. come again is an unforgettable tale of affection and transformation that would resonate with moms and daughters far and wide.
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My experience of the divine was entirely culinary. Potato pancakes at Hannukah, matzoh at Passover, starvation at Yom Kippur. Absent any help from me, Mia decided to prove not just God’s existence, but his usefulness. “If there is a God, why doesn’t he do something 44 C L A I R E F O N TA I N E A N D M I A F O N TA I N E already? ” She came up with a True Test, one that would vastly improve her life. She had a terrible fear of toilets “overﬂooding and drownding” her. We always had to ﬂush it after she was a safe distance from the bathroom.
This is about Mia, not me. ” “I wouldn’t make much of it, she’s okay. I’m sure once you tell Nick what she said, it won’t happen again. ” He smiled and left. I was frustrated, angry, confused—he’s a jerk, but he’s still a doctor, he must know what he’s talking about. Should I not make much of it, not reinforce the event in her mind? The one thing I did know was not to make Mia feel she’d done something wrong. But I would make damn sure Nick knew he did. “Mia told what you did to her, you pervert,” I told him.
I thought she’d forgotten it forever. She’d simply buried it twelve months deep. Until the moment she was able to recall a night of terror as a night of heroism. Till she could transform paralysis to courage. I felt as if I were witnessing the actual creation of a human trait—conﬁdence. She was creating herself anew in a way that all the therapy in the world couldn’t. COME BACK 41 I didn’t share any of the dark clouds with Mia, the fear or sorrow. She never saw that face, the alert, frightened one with eyes in the back of her head.