from the book...
have always been broken.
i could have. died.
and maybe it would have been better if i had.
It is a day like any other when seventeen-year-old Melinda Jensen hits the
road for San Francisco, leaving behind her fractured home life and a
constant assault on her self-esteem. Henry is the handsome, charismatic
man who comes upon her, collapsed on a park bench, and offers love, a
bright new consciousness, and—best of all—a family. One that will
embrace her and give her love. Because family is what Mel has never
really had. And this new family, Henry’s family, shares everything. They
share the chores, their bodies, and their beliefs. And if Mel truly
wants to belong, she will share in everything they do. No matter what
the family does, or how far they go.
in episodic verse, family is a fictionalized exploration of cult
dynamics, loosely based on the Manson Family murders of 1969. It is an
unflinching look at people who are born broken, and the lengths they’ll
go to to make themselves “whole” again.
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