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A Circuitous Road to Memoir

from ASJA

By Judy L. Mandel
When I started writing Replacement Child, I had a vague idea that I wanted to tell my parents' story of how they survived losing their daughter in a horrific plane crash, and saw their other daughter through years of reconstructive surgery after being critically burned in the resulting fire, writes author Judy L. Mandel. As I wrote, over four years, the story turned sideways and upside down to expose perspectives that I had never known. I found myself alternately wrapped in my mother's struggle, my father's grief, and my surviving sister's courageous recovery over her lifetime. At times, I even felt the presence of my sister who died before I was born. Finally, through a slow revelation, I found my own role in the story. more

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