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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,873 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Claire Fontaine, Mia Fontaine Narrator: Anne Twomey, Terra Deva Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The unflinching true account of a teenage girl's descent into society's underbelly -- and her mother's desperate and ultimately successful attempts to bring her back.

How does an honor student at one of Los Angeles's finest prep schools -- a bright, beautiful girl from a loving home -- trade school uniforms and afternoons at the beach for shooting up in the back of a van 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 mesmerizing first-person accounts. Claire Fontaine's story is a parent's worst nightmare, a cautionary tale chronicling her daughter Mia's drug-fueled manipulation of everyone around her as she sought refuge in the seedy underworld of criminals 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 behavior 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.

An unforgettable story of love and transformation, Come Back is a heart-wrenching and humorous portrayal of the primal bond between mother and daughter that will resonate with women everywhere.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Come Back is a testament to the power of the love between a mother and a daughter.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A powerful and moving story of two brave women who struggled through darkness into the light.” 

    Susan Forward, Ph.D., author of Toxic Parents  

  • “A rare, visceral reading experience....Offering lessons in living, loving, and accepting responsibility that could benefit every reader.” 

    Edwin John Wintle, author of Breakfast with Tiffany: An Uncle’s Memoir  

  • “One of those rare books I could hardly put down until I finished…Brilliant-and often funny, too!” 

    Leah Komaiko, author of Am I Old Yet? 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/14/2014

    " This book is so good. Every chapter seems to get more in depth and interesting. At the beginning, Mia is a young girl who is in love with her mother and despises her father. For no reason her dad did things to her and her mother that traumatized both of their lives. Throughout the book Mia chooses to run away several times but by the time you reach the end of the book, she is back in love with her mother, stepfather, and most importantly her life. The story is very inspiring and I would definitely read it again and again to learn how to love life even more than I already do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by melissa | 2/8/2014

    " This book is absolutely incredibly. Only if you like books about mother-daughter struggle and addiction memoirs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tyla Gonzles | 2/7/2014

    " this book also made me realize alot of what i put my mother through. this story is great(; "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mom | 2/5/2014

    " A harrowing book of drug abuse and how a mother's love will enable to go to hell to retrieve her daughter. "

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