Book review: Out from the Underworld by Heather Siegel

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Book Title: Out From the Underworld by Heather Siegel
Category:  Adult Non-fiction, 220 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Greenpoint Press
Release date: April 30, 2015
Available for review in: print and ebook (PDF)
Will send books: USA and Canada
Tour dates: May 18 to June 19
Content Rating: PG-13

Book Description:

Heather Siegel was six years old when her mother disappeared, sending her father into a tailspin that took Heather and her siblings down with him— from a comfortable suburban home to a barely habitable basement apartment, a dark world they soon found themselves fighting to return to from the exile of foster care, then fighting even harder to escape.

Forty years later, Heather Siegel tells the remarkable story of how she and her siblings, Jaz and Greg, banded together to find out what happened to their mother and fight their way Out From the Underworld with nothing but their wits, determination, unbreakable bonds and gifts for humor and compassion to sustain them. A wrenching, inspiring story filled with heartbreak, hope and love, Out From The Underworld will move you to laughter and tears.

2552501Meet the Author:  Heather Siegel holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from The New School. Her work has appeared on Salon.com and in The Mother Magazine and Author Magazine, as well as in various trade publications. She was a finalist for the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Award in Nonfiction Writing, the 2011 San Francisco Writers Conference Nonfiction Writing Award, the Carolina Wren Press 2012 Doris Bakwin Award and the 2012 Kore Press First Book Award. A multi-creative person with interests in the arts, nutrition, health and beauty, she has founded several independent businesses, including a coffeehouse, a café, an organic juice bar and a natural beauty bar. She currently lives with her husband, Jon, and daughter, Julia, in the woods of Long Island in a house filled with light.

Connect with Heather:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

Buy the book:   Amazon    Barnes & Noble

Review:

Heather’s story begins as a six-year old girl left dealing with issues such as abandonment by her mother, neglect by her father and detachment from her grandparents.  Her need for love and belonging was rarely satisfied in the different foster homes her father placed her into.  Her keen observation of human behaviour as well as optimism helped mold her personality and survival techniques to make her into what she is today.

I enjoyed Heather’s descriptive writing style, it was as if you were there in each situation seeing her life as she understood and described it.  I developed a sympathy for this little girl who, above all else, wanted to be loved.

Unfortunately, due to the mature content and language used in this book I felt that I could not finish it completely.  However, I do look forward to reading more work by this author.

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