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Karina and her mother live together in a small flat. Most weeks, their food money runs out and they are forced to go hungry for several days. The one thing they have is their love for each other. But tragedy strikes when Karina's mother develops crippling stomach pains, and she is sent away to the hospital.
Thirteen-year-old Karina finds herself left home alone, raising herself for over a year. Finally, following her mother's death from cancer, she is sent to live with her father - an abusive man who walked out the day Karina was born and whom she has never met before. Unable to bear his abuse, she runs away.
She flees to Amsterdam where she finds herself among the bars and brothels of the city. She takes up work in the notorious red light district - forced to sell her body in order to support herself. Motherless is her story. It is a tale of hardship and endurance, but, above all, of extraordinary strength and courage.
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'A true story of love and survival, of poverty and abuse'(Bookseller)
'A work of shocking emotional power. Schaapman emerges both mutilated and heroic, as memorable as a broken child as she is in lightning-rod womanhood'(Sunday Morning Post)
'Explicit, shocking and makes uncomfortable reading, but ultimately it's the inspirational story of someone who dragged herself from the gutter of life and became a woman that her mother would have been proud of'(Daily Record)
'A work of shocking emotional power, from which Schaapman emerges mutilated and heroic, as memorable as a broken child as she is in womanhood'(The Australian)
'You marvel at this author's resilience'(Aileen Easton, First Magazine)
'A work of shocking emotional power'(South China Morning Post)
Karina Schaapman is a Dutch Labour Party member of the council in Amsterdam. Married with three children, she lives in Amsterdam.
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Book Description John Murray Publishers Ltd. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11071956428X
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