Gal: A True Life

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Penguin Publishing Group, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
A young African-American woman born and raised in Charleston, SC, movingly relates in unsparing detail her struggle to overcome a legacy of abuse and neglect. An inspiring journey of a contemporary pilgrim who, beset by all the worst demons, learned to love and forgive.

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A very painful memoir to read. Sadly, the life survived by Ruth, is all too common amongst our "civilized" society. Told and written with brutal honesty and grit, it was difficult to actually read ... Read full review

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It felt as if I was right in the room listening to Ruthie tell her story. Heartbreaking, horrid, painful memories... my deepest reflection being Ruthie's aversion to watching Roots as Gal, itself ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Ruthie M. Bolton is a writer and oral historian. The name is the pseudonym of an African American writer born on January 6, 1961 in Charleston, South Carolina. Bolton graduated from high school despite a difficult childhood. She wrote the details of her life of abuse and neglect and showed it to the novelist, Josephine Humphreys. Humphreys suggested that Bolton tell her story as oral history and helped by transcribing the tapes and writing the introduction to the finished book.

Josephine Humphreys is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters. She is the author of "Dreams of Sleep," which won the 1985 Hemingway Foundation Award for a first work of fiction; of "Rich in Love," made into a major motion picture; & of "The Fireman's Fair" (all available from Penguin). She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

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