Judy L. Mandel Replacement Child - A Memoir

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Replacement Child - A Memoir

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Honest. Funny. Heartbreaking. A plane crash-the injury of a two-year-old girl- the impossible choice a mother must make- leave a hole in the family that threatens to tear it apart. Replacement Child is a story of love and transformation as you follow one woman's brave path to recovery-sometimes through laughter, sometimes through tears-as she embraces the love that allows her to finally forgive.

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Replacement Child opens with the explosion of a plane crash,
the injury of a two-year-old girl and the impossible choice a mother must
make. The death of a child leaves a hole in the family that threatens to tear
it apart.

In a great act of hope, the parents give birth to a "replacement child," born to
heal wounds and provide a "salve for the burns." The child unwittingly plays
her role throughout childhood, riding the deep and hidden currents of the
family tragedy. Years later, as an adult, she discovers the truth of her family's
life-changing event and the complex layers of her own relationships with her
father, mother, and sister. Not until she finally has a child of her own does
she come to grips with what she silently has known all along: Anything can
happen. Planes fall from the sky.

Praise for Replacement Child
"A very powerful memoir. . . I definitely recommend picking this one up."
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"This is a wonderful read. . . I did not want to put
this book down. It really takes you on a journey of
one person's struggle to examine who they are and
where they come from. I highly recommend this
book." The Social Frog

"Judy Mandel uses the fire from which she was
born to forge a brave quest toward truth and
understanding." Women's Memoirs

About the Author:

I was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but my family quickly moved to the more suburban Cranford. The town I live in now in Connecticut is nearly a duplicate of my childhood hometown.

In college, I tried several different majors over the course of finding my way. My first was communications, then theater, then I developed a major in playwriting. Finally, I settled on English and Journalism. Having taken a break after my sophomore year to get married, getting my degree part-time took me a while. I worked my way through those last college years singing and playing guitar in coffee shops and clubs.

My writing life began as a reporter, which I actually loved. Then, I added a public relations stint at a hospital, a short time in advertising and somehow found myself in corporate communications at various insurance companies--where I earned a living for 20 years. I had only meant to stay for a few paychecks. More recently, I provide marketing writing for corporate clients in addition to continuing my own writing.

I am blessed with a wonderful son, an equally wonderful husband who brought three fantastic stepsons into my life, and a very large orange cat that sometimes types long lines of zzzzzz's by laying across my computer keyboard.

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