By Katie Piper
Katie Piper's awesome tale of power and restoration after a brutal rape and acid assault has captivated Britain. during this robust sequel to her most sensible promoting memoir, Katie tells the awesome tale of what's occurred within the years given that she bravely left the security of her parents' domestic. together with her trademark honesty, humour and heartfelt emotion, Katie stocks the highs and lows she has confronted as her existence replaced in methods she by no means proposal attainable. She finds the darkish concepts and real fears she maintains to beat in the back of closed doorways, and the realities, either actual and emotional, of her ongoing, painful recovery.
Katie is now a winning charity campaigner, television presenter and inspirational speaker, yet her occupation highs have usually introduced her face-to-face together with her largest demons. Her tale continues to be darkish now and then, however it also will satisfaction and shock; regardless of fears of a existence on my own, she has chanced on her Prince fascinating, and Katie finds either the beauty and anxiousness of changing into a mom. this can be the no-holds-barred, witty and totally enticing subsequent bankruptcy within the lifetime of a notable younger woman.
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Dad told us we were having something special for dessert—a flaming ice-cream cake. The waiter wheeled out a tray with the cake on it, and the woman with the gloves lit it with a taper. Everyone stopped eating to watch. The flames had a slow, watery movement, rolling up into the air like ribbons. Everyone started clapping, and Dad jumped up and raised the waiter’s hand above his head as if he’d won first prize. A few days later, Mom and Dad went off to the blackjack table and then almost immediately came looking for us.
Then Grandma would make a snide comment about Dad being shiftless. Dad would say something about selfish old crones with more money than they knew what to do with, and soon enough they’d be face-to-face in what amounted to a full-fledged cussing contest. ” Grandma would scream. ” Dad would shout back. ” Dad had the more inventive vocabulary, but Grandma Smith could outshout him; plus, she had the home-court advantage. A time would come when Dad had had enough and he’d tell us kids to get in the car.
Mom, however, told us that the FBI wasn’t really after Dad; he just liked to say they were because it was more fun having the FBI on your tail than bill collectors. We moved around like nomads. We lived in dusty little mining towns in Nevada, Arizona, and California. They were usually nothing but a tiny cluster of sad, sunken shacks, a gas station, a dry-goods store, and a bar or two. They had names like Needles and Bouse, Pie, Goffs, and Why, and they were near places like the Superstition Mountains, the dried-up Soda Lake, and the Old Woman Mountain.