Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home Audiobook, by Jessica Berger Gross Play Audiobook Sample

Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home Audiobook

Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home Audiobook, by Jessica Berger Gross Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jessica Berger Gross Publisher: Tantor Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781541480001

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Longest Chapter Length:

33:47 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

32 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

22:07 minutes

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To outsiders, Jessica Berger Gross's childhood—growing up in a "nice" Jewish family in middle class Long Island—seemed as wholesomely American as any other. But behind closed doors, Jessica suffered years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her father, whose mood would veer unexpectedly from loving to violent.

At the age of twenty-eight, still reeling from the trauma but emotionally dependent on her dysfunctional family, Jessica made the anguished decision to cut ties with them entirely. Years later, living in Maine with a loving husband and young son, having finally found happiness, Jessica is convinced the decision saved her life.

In her powerful memoir reminiscent of Jeannette Walls's bestseller The Glass Castle, Jessica breaks through common social taboos and bravely recounts the painful, self-defeating ways in which she internalized her abusive childhood, how she came to the monumental decision to break free from her family, and how she endured the difficult road that followed. Ultimately, by extracting herself from the damaging patterns and relationships of the past, Jessica has managed to carve an inspiring path to happiness—one she has created on her own terms. Her story, told here in a careful, unflinching, and forthright way, completely reframes how we think about family and the past.

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"To outsiders, Jessica Gross's childhood was a charmed one, growing up in a Jewish family in Long Island. What outsiders didn't know is is that Jessica suffered years of abuse at the hands of her dad - whose mood would change like the wind. In her late twenties, still suffering from the trauma of a dysfunctional family, she decided to cut ties with her family and is convinced that this decision saved her life. This is a great memoir, where the author shares how she endured the difficult road that she traveled once deciding to leave her family. "

— Julie (5 out of 5 stars)


  • [A] memoir of love, abuse, despair, and hope . . . a reminder that any family can hide a secret and that many victims of abuse go their entire lives without speaking out about it.

    — Booklist

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