Vanya Erickson

In order to survive her childhood, Vanya Erickson was forced to become fluent in two languages: her Christian Scientist mother’s honeyed versions of the truth and her rancher father’s hard-as-the-scrape-of-his-boot heels words, which stung like the back of his hand.

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“Vanya seamlessly weaves tension and lyrical beauty into every scene, playing my emotions as a reader perfectly. The result is a fantastic read. Buy this book today.”                           -Laura Davis, best-selling author of  The Courage to Heal

“The truth is that this book is brilliant.  The arc of the book is fabulous, written in Ms. Erickson’s wonderful, spare style.  One of the best memoirs I’ve read in a very long time.”             -Brooke Warner, editor and publisher, She Writes Press

“It’s always a supreme pleasure to be shaken by the emotional earthquake of a master storyteller.  Vanya Erickson is an original.”                                                                                     -Susan Brown, PhD, publishing James Joyce scholar and writing coach

“A young girl’s loyalty and love are tested to the extreme by her abusive alcoholic father and a distant Christian Scientist mother. A coming-of-age story for anyone who has ever looked for love in all the wrong places.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -Nancy London, best-selling coauthor of Our Bodies, Ourselves

“Overall, the author vividly captures her parents in this memoir, paying special attention to telling how her father’s volatility created heart-pounding anxiety. . .There’s particular poignancy in later chapters. . .”                                                      -Kirkus

“Erickson’s real gift is her utter honesty and clarity about pain and evil in this world and each if their intersections with love.”              – Sheila Coonerty, PhD, psychologist, Bookshop Santa Cruz family

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In the wee hours of the morning on a bitterly damp day in a train car hidden in a lush forest north of Paris, WWI came to an end.  It was agreed by Allied and German powers that on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, fighting would cease. Americans called it Armistice Day, the day impromptu parties erupted in city streets all around the world. [Read more]

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