Mirrored Life

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Dafina Books, Nov 1, 2003 - Fiction - 325 pages
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When her mother passed away, seven-year-old Sara Jane Talbot knew things would never be the same--and she was right. Her father's dark moods got darker. The physical and emotional abuse he administered got worse. And life in rural Mallard, Texas quickly became almost unbearable--except when she was with her best friends, Precious and Joyce Ann. They made her feel special, like she finally belonged somewhere. But one night Precious and Joyce Ann robbed a local Dairy Queen--with Sara Jane as an unwitting accomplice. And the good times were over. Now, after five long years in the Gatesview Correctional Facility for Women, Sara Jane is ready to turn her life around. She has a cosmetology license (earned in prison), a new name (Serena St. James), and a dream. Serena sees her first post-prison job--as a shampoo girl at an upscale Dallas salon--as an important step toward a successful career. And when a world-famous R&B singer hires Serena as her personal stylist, it seems like her wishes are finally going to come true. But Serena cannot escape the memories of her miserable North Texas childhood, living in constant fear that her new life will be somehow tainted by the terrible secrets of her old one. And her fears are not unfounded--for someone who knows all about the nightmares of her past will stop at nothing to use them against her....
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
17
Section 4
24
Section 5
30
Section 6
38
Section 7
47
Section 8
53
Section 25
177
Section 26
184
Section 27
194
Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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Section 44
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Section 45
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Section 46
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Section 47
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Anita Richmond Bunkley is a novelist, motivational speaker, and workshop facilitator. She was born in Columbus, Ohio. Bunkley was researching the African American woman who inspired the song, "The Yellow Rose of Texas," when she decided instead to write a novel based on the woman's life. Bunkley self-published the book, Emily. Bunkley published other novels with Dutton/Signet including Wild Embers which was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 10 best romances of 1995. Glamour magazine picked Starlight Passage as a favorite romance novel of the year. Bunkley has also been honored with the United Negro College Fund's Excellence in Achievement Award. She created a program based on her story of determination and success in the face of overwhelming odds. Her book, Steppin' Out With Attitude, offers practical advice, emotional support, and step-by-step tips to help pave the way to success for the businesswoman, entrepreneur, or young person entering the job market. She tours throughout the country offering her workshops through the black women's empowerment venue African American Women on Tour.

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