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Life of a Bastard Vol.1 by Damien Black

Life of a Bastard Vol.1

by Damien Black

180 pages
Javier Soto's real life journey of life in foster care during the 70's and 80's. Javier's uncensored story involves taboo topics of child abuse and sexual assault while he schemes to survive at all cost. Will he endure and find purpose, or be forever institutionalized?

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About the Book
A real account of Javier Soto's journey of life in foster care. Javier was born in Spanish Harlem (1972) to a 16-year-old Puerto Rican mother and 24-year-old Black father during a period in America when this was considered taboo. Removed from his mother ‘s home along with his sisters due to a suspicious fire "allegedly" set by his mother, and with a father serving prison time, Javier and his two sisters enter foster care.

Their first stop is the Catholic Home Bureau. Survival at all cost becomes Javier's mantra as he is moved from one home to the next and, along the way, he meets others that have similar backgrounds.

Soon, he outgrows foster homes and a chance to be adopted, and is placed in Children's Village, and then Pleasantville Cottage School (a home for the "emotionally disturbed").

What should be your normal teenage angst and growing pains? Like others, his angst is compiled with rage, self-loathing, depression, suicidal thoughts, and juvenile delinquency. Javier tells his story with honesty and brutality while he wonders "how it will end for him?"



About the Author
Damien Black Damien Black was born and brought up in New York during the more interesting times of 'the summer of Batman' when Times Square was less frilly. He was the writer, producer and editor of the podcast and TV show, ‘The Short Film Show', on MNN New York. Damien is currently a Language Arts and Science ESL teacher in China. He lives in Shanghai with his 5-year-old son, Hannibal, who shares his ardent love for Legos. Although Hannibal is his only biological son, Damien considers all his students as his children and is a passionate teacher.



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