Mistakes to Run With

Mistakes to Run With

Book - 2019
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"A devastatingly honest memoir that reckons with the past in order to ask whether the things that happen to us--and the choices we make--dictate the people that we become. Mistakes to Run With chronicles the turbulent early years of Yasuko Thanh's life, from a rough childhood to her teen years as a sex worker to her emergence as a writer. Growing up in a housing project in Victoria, BC, Thanh rebels against her extremely religious parents. She's an honours student, but also a nascent delinquent, cutting herself and getting arrested for shoplifting. By fifteen her parents have kicked her out. She runs away repeatedly from foster homes, acquiring a taste for drugs and alcohol and learning unlikely lessons about sex, power, and friendship. By the time she enters the world of sex work she feels completely abandoned--by her family, her friends, her school, and society. After a stint in jail at sixteen, she meets her pimp, Jesse, and falls in love. The next chapter of her life takes us from the motel rooms of Victoria to the streets of Vancouver, as Thanh endures further hardship: beatings, arrests, Jesse's crack cocaine addiction, and an unwanted pregnancy. It's the act of writing that ultimately becomes a solace from her suffering--but even as publication and awards bolster her, she remains haunted by her past."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Hamish Hamilton Canada,, 2019
ISBN: 9780735234413
Branch Call Number: ANF 819.16 THA
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 08, 2019

I was very disappointed in the book and would not recommend it. Highly overrated .

Jun 20, 2019

Yasuko Thanh reflects on her childhood and early adulthood with
insight, courage and honesty.
She joins a long list of talented writers (Brando Skyhorse:Take this Man/Terese Marie Mailhot :Heartberries/ &Maude Julien:The Only Girl in the World)who have defied the odds of parental malpractice and cruelty through the gift of words.
A profound sadness seeps through these pages,and lingers too long.

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