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Publisher's Summary

In this memoir, the pseudonymous author, Ruthie Bolton, tells how she overcame tremendous obstacles to find her place in the world. Born into poverty in a rural Southern town, Bolton was abandoned by her 13-year-old mother and raised by her step-grandfather, an abusive tyrant who beat his wife to death and terrorized his children. With remarkable candor yet no trace of self-pity, Bolton describes how she used alcohol and drugs to try to escape her nightmarish existence. But her inner strength shined through, enabling her to clean up her act, finish school, begin a career, and find happiness in a new, loving family life.
Recording (P)1994 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1994 by Ruthie Bolton

Critic Reviews

Winner of AudioFile 1996 Earphones Award, Nonfiction.

"[Narrator CCH] Pounder is amazing in her portrayal of Ruthie.... Ruthie's story is a triumph. This program is a triumph." (AudioFile)  

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  • Meri
  • 20-02-22

Loved the performance

This was a great story to listen to. I could pictured the storyline, and it was great. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Undrea
  • 10-07-21

My favorite book!

I really enjoyed Audible. This book is amazing. I listened to the whole story in one sitting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-20

Soul touching

As a social worker, I worked with many youths that did not have the will power to survive of end generational abuse. I appreciate Ruthie bravely talking about the abuse she suffered and how she survived. Enjoyed the book and the audio.

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  • K McGuire
  • 28-08-20

Too animated

Narrator too animated couldn’t finish the book. I’ve read the book several did not enjoy the audio

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  • Ivy
  • 24-07-20

IM disappointed

I was so excited to finally hear this book again and the reader was excellent but THIS ISNT THE FULL BOOK I've read this book millions of times over the yrs and Gal's whole Teenage yrs etc werent in this but they are definitely in the book itself

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  • Tango1577
  • 14-10-19

Give it a rest!

The story was good and the details were moving but CCH Pounder was overly dramatic to the point it was sickening. She sounded like an overly ambitious second grader in a school production. They should have used another voice actor with a calmer demeanor.

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  • Cass P
  • 10-08-16

Great Preformance

This was a most horiffic story -I could not imagine the crulety and abuse they all suffered! And to know it was true was even more heartbreaking-how do you rate a story that involves such cruel acts! The grio was on point-her performance drew a vivid picture-one which I'll have a difficult time forgetting. I pray healing for the Survivors.

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  • kiefer
  • 16-06-16

the book gal

i loved this book it had ups and downs stwist and turns and its very emotional but overall its a great book.

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  • Ann_NC
  • 18-01-16

Good read!

Really pulls you in.The reader makes it come alive.Its a must add to your library.

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  • Love2Shop
  • 20-06-15

CCH Pounder brings life to this story!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gal is my favorite character. Gal perseveres when many would have given up. I respect and admire such tenacity and willpower.

What about C.C.H. Pounder’s performance did you like?

I am a fan of Ms. Pounder's, which prompted me to purchase he book. Ms. Pounder's performance definitely did not disappoint. She embodied the essence of Gal, which made Gal feel tangible and real. Without such a strong, honest and believable performance by Ms. Pounder, I more than likely would not have connected with Gal and her story.