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For 50 years, Stephanie Plymale kept her past a fiercely guarded secret. No one outside her immediate family would have guessed that her childhood was fraught with every imaginable hardship: a mentally ill mother who was in and out of jails and psych wards throughout Stephanie's formative years, neglect, hunger, poverty, homelessness, truancy, foster homes, a harrowing lack of medical care, and ongoing sexual abuse.
Stephanie, in turn, knew very little about the past of her mother, from whom she remained estranged during most of her adult life. All this changed with a phone call that set a journey of discovery in motion, leading to a series of shocking revelations that forced Stephanie to revise the meaning of almost every aspect of her very compromised childhood.
American Daughter is at once the deeply moving memoir of a troubled mother-daughter relationship and a meditation on trauma, resilience, transcendence, and redemption. Stephanie's story is unique but its messages are universal, offering insight into what it means to survive, to rise above, to heal, and to forgive.
Join us for an evening with Stephanie Thornton Plymale, in conversation with American Daughter's editor, Sydney Rogers!
Stephanie Thornton Plymale is the CEO of Heritage School of Interior Design and the founder of the Heritage Home Foundation, a nonprofit serving families transitioning from homelessness. She lives with her husband and three children in Portland, Oregon.
Sydney Rogers is an Editor at HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins, where she specializes in narrative and commercial nonfiction about transformation, in such categories as literary memoir, celebrity memoir, self-help, health, and spirituality. She has worked on numerous award-winning and New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. Before joining HarperOne, Sydney was an Assistant Editor at Sourcebooks, an independent publishing company in Chicagoland. She lives in the Bay Area with her rescue dog, Stevie Nicks.
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