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Christine Pisera Naman joins us to talk about her book About Natalie.
About Natalie tells one woman's heartbreaking story, one that is played out in homes across the country, and reveals the rollercoaster of emotions that loving an addict unearths. There is despair and joy; denial and acceptance; rage and tranquility. Christine's reflections as she traces her daughter's life are interspersed with Natalie's compelling poems that tell the unvarnished truth of her side of this struggle: 'I have handcuffs on/And no one can see them/My screams are so loud /Yet no one can hear 'em'.
By sharing the difficult days of isolation, pain, and humiliation that being the parent of an addict can bring, Naman offers comfort and consolation to others in similar circumstances. Ultimately, About Natalie is a story of loving no matter what, keeping the faith, battling hard, and getting back on the right road.
Christine Pisera Naman is a writer and stay at home mom. She lives in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Peter, and three small children, Jason, Natalie and Trevor. She is currently writing two other books: Caterpillar Kisses, a collection of short stories inspired by her experiences as a Kindergarten teacher, and I Still Love You Like That, a collection of stories about the love within families. Faces of Hope is her first book.