After fifteen-year old Mia runs away from home in the middle of the night, her mother, Claire, enters the dark and sinister world of runaways, prisons, and pimps to save her daughter in an inspiring true story of the love and courage that connects mother to daughter.
How does an honour student at one of Los Angeles's finest prep schools -- a nice girl from a happy, loving home -- trade school uniforms and afternoons at the mall for speedballs in the back of a truck in rural Indiana? How does her devoted mother emerge from the shock of finding that her daughter has not only disappeared but had been living a secret life for more than a year?
Mother and daughter tell their parallel stories in mesmerising first-person accounts. Claire Fontaine's story is a parent's worst nightmare, a cautionary tale chronicling her daughter Mia's drug-fuelled manipulation of everyone around her as she sought refuge in the seedy underworld of felons and heroin addicts, the painful childhood secrets that led up to it, and the healing that followed. Her search for Mia was brutal for both mother and daughter, a dizzying series of dead ends, incredible coincidences and, at times, miracles.
Ultimately, Mia was forced into harsh-but-loving boot camp schools on two continents while Claire entered a painful but life-changing program of her own. Mia's story includes the jarring culture shock of the extreme and controversial behaviour modification school she was in for nearly two years, which helped her overcome depression and self-hatred to emerge a powerful young woman with self-esteem and courage.
'Come Back' is an unforgettable story of love and transformation that will resonate with mother and daughters everywhere.
- Publication Date:
- 04 / 06 / 2007
- 130 x 197mm