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The Strongbox By Terry Sue Harms

The Strongbox by Terry Sue Harms

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Following the unexpected death of her alcoholic mother, sixteen-year-old Terry Sue decides her biological father, whom she doesn't know, could change her life for the better. By the time she finds him, however-after decades of searching-she understands that the nurturing she craved had been cultivated without him.

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The Strongbox: Searching for My Absent Father by Terry Sue Harms

Following the unexpected death of her alcoholic mother, and worn down by the unceasing taunts of "bastard" from her hostile and mentally unstable stepfather, plucky sixteen-year-old Terry Sue sets out to find her biological father-believing this man, whom she has never met, could change her life for the better. But before she can find him, she must identify him, and the unfamiliar names on her birth certificate perplex her. She comes to realize that tenacity must run in her family, for as determined as she is to find her father, he appears equally determined to remain hidden.

In The Strongbox, Terry Sue offers readers a forthright and inspirational account of her challenges, as well as her against-all-odds successes. This decades-long personal journey reads like a detective novel, full of setbacks, false leads, jaw-dropping discoveries, and heartening triumphs. The narrative's twists and turns also pull back the curtain on many of today's inconvenient truths: child abandonment, multigenerational alcoholism, sexism, economic inequality, domestic violence, mental illness, and illiteracy.

Undaunted by the many blind alleys she encounters, Terry Sue forges on in her hunt for the loving care and emotional support she never received from her parents, and she ultimately finds it-but it arrives in forms she never expected.

About Terry Sue Harms

Terry Sue Harms has been a happy hairdresser and salon owner for over forty years. She finds that her powers of observation and good communication skills have served both her work as a cosmetologist and as a writer; plus, when it comes to studying the human condition, few places are better than the beauty shop. After a childhood of illiteracy, she taught herself to read and write as a young adult, one of her proudest and most rewarding accomplishments. She has self-published two books: Pearls My Mother Wore, a novel, and Reflections Upon the Occasion of My 85th Year, a memoir coauthored with her father-in-law. The Strongbox: Searching For My Absent Father is her third book-a memoir published by She Writes Press (October 2020). Terry Sue lives in scenic Sonoma, California, with her husband.

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The Strongbox: Searching for My Absent Father by Terry Sue Harms
She Writes Press
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