West of Then: A mother, a daughter, and a journey past paradise.

Smith, Tara Bray.

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New York: Simon and Schuster, 2004. First edition 8vo. 320 pp. Crisp, clean copy. "A dazzling, devastating memoir about one woman's search for her homeless mother, whose past is inextricably linked with the bittersweet history of the paradise from which she hails, Hawaii." ""Despite her waywardness, Karen still inspires fierce loyalty and love in her three daughters - until she goes missing in the spring of 2002. Devastated, Tara, the eldest, sets out to find - and hopefully save her mother. Her journey is about what you give up when you try to renounce your past, whether personal, familial, or historical, and what you gain when you confront it." Fine Paperback 0743236793 (Item ID: 55960)

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