Sunday, 28 May 2017

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Running in Heels - Mary Perez

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About the Book

 

More than a memoir—this book is a promise of hope for anyone who was abandoned as a child, to anyone who woke up hungry and went to bed hungrier every day, for every wife who has loved a husband who left bruises on her heart and on her body.

 

Somewhere between stealing cold cuts from stray cats and watching a stranger leave her mother’s bed after breaking in through their bedroom window, Mary figured out that her family was dirt poor. Worse than her empty stomach, she was hungry for acceptance and love. She thought she found it when her baby sister was born and she became her “mommy”, taking care of her needs as best she could at the age of seven. Then she had to say goodbye over a small white casket.

 

Mary’s grandparents, first generation immigrants from Puerto Rico, took her in and gave her a glimpse of faith and stability. For a brief, shining spell, she had a real home—until they decided that Mama needed her. They may have been right, but Mama needed more than a little girl could give and Mary lost her way again.

 

Just out of Juvy Hall, Mary found a knight in shining armor to take her away. She became a teenage bride to a man twice her age—a man as deeply enslaved to booze as every “step-dad” she’d had as a child. She loved him anyway, even wearing the bruises he gave her, even when she tried to leave him to give their children a better life. Despite her fear and loneliness, she never imagined it would take a gunshot in the middle of the night to teach her courage. She was even more surprised when rediscovered faith paved the path to forgiveness after so many years of pain.

 

Running in Heels is a memoir of the grit and grace that carried a young girl through the shadows of her mother’s choices and on through an abusive marriage. Mary A. Pérez narrates an incredible story of survival in the face of hopelessness, and learning to forgive against all odds.


Reviewed by Deena Peterson


"Running in Heels" is the most detailed memoir I've ever had the privilege of reading.  Mary A. Perez is a remarkable woman, and her story is both compelling and painful to read.
 
She opens the book with a story that grabs the reader by the heart.  A story of being snatched by her mother and the drunk boyfriend, but Mary assures us this is merely the first of many times she was taken.
 
Growing up poor and in an abusive situation, it would have been easy for Mary to become bitter and jaded about life.  Or to follow the pattern of addiction and abuse she grew up with.
 
Instead, Mary Perez wisely tells the whole story, including the healthy years with her grandparents and spending time with her father.  She demonstrates that we are more than just our environment.  Rather, we have the power of choice, and she chose wisely.
 
The story is hard to read emotionally, but very well written.  Mary reminded me to be thankful for my life experiences and how they shaped me into the adult I am.  I received a copy of "Running in Heels" from Mary Perez in exchange for an honest review.
 
"Running in Heels" receives four out of five stars

A story of coming of age, and coming into grace.

 

 

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