The story of a girl who is doing everything to hurt herself and a mother who would try anything to try to save her.
True, she had stopped coming down for breakfast. Stayed up in her room, ran out the door late for school, missed the bus and had to have a ride. But you think, well, that's how they are, aren't they, teenagers? And you try to remember how you were, but you were different and the times were different and it was so long ago. And she's suddenly so angry at you, but then, another time, she's just the same. She's just your little girl. You sit with her and you talk about something, or you go shopping for school clothes and everything seems all right. And you forget how you stood in her room and how the center of your stomach felt so cold. When you found the cigarette. When you found the blue pipe. When you found the little bag she said was aspirin.
"Dudman's searing honesty speaks eloquently to our most fragile selves, whether wounded child or frantic parent, in a stunner book,"
"Dudman's writing is brutally honest and painfully immediate...."
"Dudman's writing is clear and powerful...."
"...Painful close-up of a horrible time, this memoir is still a story of salvation."
"...Hopeful and uplifting...."
"Dudman's fluid, simple prose makes this memoir, with its difficult subject matter, an easy, compelling read."
"This manic, wrenching memoir is a staggeringly honest and compelling portrayal of the highs and hells of motherhood."
"Augusta, Gone is a devastating, powerful, frightening, lovely book that explores the enormous and mysterious bond between mother and daughters."
“Dudman’s writing is brutally honest and painfully immediate.”
“Painful close-up of a horrible time, this memoir is still a story of salvation.”