Today I have posted a review of Donald R. Dempsey's memoir, Betty's Child, on my book blog, Found Between the Covers. As part of the blog tour sponsored by WOW! Women on Writing, a copy of Betty's Child will be presented to one lucky commenter. I invite you to join me there and learn more about the book and its author and to participate in the giveaway.
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In the tradition of Frank McCourt and Angela’s Ashes, Donald Dempsey chronicles one boy’s ordeals with poverty, religion, and physical and mental abuse as he attempts to come of age with only his street smarts and sense of humor to guide him.
Twelve-year-old Donny is a real-life cross between Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield. Donny is doing his best to navigate the world he shares with his cruel and neglectful mother, his mother’s abusive boyfriends, churchgoers who want to save Donny’s soul, and a best friend who wants Donny to go to work for a dangerous local thug doing petty theft and dealing drugs.
Donny does everything he can to take care of himself and his younger brothers, but with each new development, the present becomes more fraught with peril–and the future more uncertain.
In scene after vivid scene, Dempsey presents his inspiring true story with accomplished style. Dempsey's discipline as a writer lends the real-life tale the feel of a fictional page-turner." Kirkus Reviews
(Synopsis from WOW! Women on Writing)