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My Father's Daughter by Carol Caloro

My Father's Daughter

by Carol Caloro

168 pages
This is the story of my life in rural America with my incredible dad and my emotionally abusive mother. Beginning in the 1940s, my journey took me on a tempestuous roller coaster ride that lasted into my adulthood, with more than a few bumps along the way. In 2018, I experienced the biggest jolt of all, which was the impetus for this book.

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Category: Memoir
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About the Book
This book began as a series of hand-scribbled notes, never intended to be seen by anyone but me. In March of 2018, I made a discovery that rocked me to my very core and, in searching for a way to cope, I began to write - just random thoughts, jotted down in no particular order. I wrote about my childhood, my wonderful dad, my emotionally abusive mother, the small town where we lived. I wrote about my father's love of the military, what my family was like, and what my siblings and I did as kids in the 40s and 50s. I became obsessed. Sometimes up until 3am, other times sleeping a few hours and waking in the middle of the night to write until daylight arrived, I could think of nothing else. Often, I cried as I wrote. After a while I became completely exhausted. I put it all away and let it sit for a month, then started again, a little less emotionally distraught. I began to think it made a good story, perhaps even a book, so I gathered all of the random, messy notes together and began the difficult task of putting them in some kind of sensible order. Some were in a notebook, others on separate pieces of paper of all different sizes. Some were scribbled upside down or along the edge of a page or on the back of an envelope, and some were vague thoughts of just a word or two. That's how it began. Once it started to take form, I expanded the scope of it, describing my strange and unsuccessful marriage and the difficulty of becoming a single parent of four, on my own both emotionally and financially. There's lots more, but I don't want to give it all away! And yes, it's all true. I hope you enjoy reading it.



About the Author
Carol Caloro lives with her husband of twelve years, in a small town in upstate New York, less than an hour's drive from the town where she grew up. This is her first book.



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