Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Wonderful Discovery

I am so excited.  I have just discovered Othello Bach.

I was looking for books to download onto my  Kindle HD and I found Cry into the Wind by Othello Bach.  The cover caught my eye and I thought it might be a "good read".

The burning news is that I have not been able to stop reading.

Although I am only half way through, I can tell you it's raw, frightening and not for anyone who shrinks at the abuse that adults dish out to children,

If you don't already know of this woman, after a traumatic start in life she overcame all the odds and went on to become a writer of children's books, a song writer and motivational speaker.

If you can bear the pain and the tears, read it.

From her website:

Recent reviews from regarding Othello's memoir, 

Cry Into the Wind:
My parents told me stories about how their families struggled during the Depression, but they led charmed lives compared to Othello Bach's. "Cry Into the Wind" gripped me from the first chapter and held me mesmerized until the end. It is inconceivable to me how anyone could experience all the horrifying things that Ms. Bach did and survive emotionally intact. But not only did she survive, she became a brilliant writer and gifted teacher with an amazing capacity for forgiveness and love. Ms. Bach's story is a powerful example of the human spirit at its finest." 
- Sheilah Bower


Othello Bach has written one of the most heart-rending memoirs in existence. Home for her and her six siblings was the back of a truck, a trench in the field, or if they were lucky - a shack with no running water or electricity. For much of the time the family is without shoes, heat or food. Food, if there was any, was on most occasions "greens and vinegar." Othello's mother loves her children dearly, but Dad is an alcoholic who comes and goes like the wind. When Othello brought a school friend home for lunch, she was so appalled by the disgusting greens and patchwork newspapers covering the walls, she ran from the shack never to speak to Othello again. It was not uncommon for Othello and her family to be referred to by others as "white trash." What Othello really wanted in life was something to eat other than greens, a pair of shiny black shoes and a rubber doll. Her mother told her she might as well, "cry into the wind" because the possibility of getting any of those was next to none - hence the name of the book. When Othello's mother dies as a result of burns from a fire, the situation takes a turn for the worse, if that is possible. The book makes one take a look at their own surroundings and count their blessings, no matter how great or humble the conditions may be. "Cry into the Wind" is comparable to other books like "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt, "Change Me into Zeus's Daughter" by Barbara Robinette Moss and "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls - all of which are a testimony to the strength of the human spirit. Just make sure you have some tissues handy because all of these books are about survival in a world that has not been kind, compassionate or fair. "Cry into the Wind" is no exception. Othello's strength is an inspiration to anyone who has survived insurmountable odds."  - Sandra D. Peters

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of Othello Bach, Bee. Reading the excerpt was enjoyable but I wasn't tempted to want to read more. Like most news programs, I don't read real life accounts of triumph over adversity. Day to day life serves up enough.


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