National Best Seller. Broken Wings is Clarissa Smith's true story of growing up along the Quebec/Labrador coast in the 1950s and 1960s. It's a story about love, hate and abandonment, but overall it's about the fragility of life. Clarissa was 14 when her mother died leaving her to care for half a dozen younger siblings. When they were practically abandoned by their father the family almost starved to death. Clarissa's story is one that you will never forget. It's both shocking and heartbreaking in its naked honesty. Readers describe it as a fantastic book, and the best book they've ever read.