Mistakes to Run With: A Memoir by Yasuko Thanh

Mistakes to Run With: A Memoir

byYasuko Thanh

Kobo ebook | April 2, 2019

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A devastatingly frank memoir that tears open the past to examine how circumstances--and the choices we make--dictate the people we become, for fans of Educated and The Glass Castle.**

Mistakes to Run With chronicles the turbulent life of Yasuko Thanh, from early childhood in the closest thing Victoria, BC, has to a slum to teen years as a sex worker and, finally, to her emergence as an award-winning author. As a child, Thanh embraced evangelical religion, only to rebel against it and her equally rigid parents, cutting herself, smoking, and shoplifting. At fifteen, the honour-roll runaway develops a taste for drugs and alcohol. After a stint in jail at sixteen, feeling utterly abandoned by her family, school, and society, Thanh meets the man who would become her pimp and falls in love.

The next chapter of her life takes Thanh to the streets of Vancouver, where she endures beatings, arrests, crack cocaine, and an unwanted pregnancy. The act of writing ultimately becomes a solace from her suffering. Leaving the sex trade, but refusing to settle on any one thing, Thanh forges a new life for herself, from dealing drugs in four languages to motherhood and a complicated marriage, and emerges as a successful writer.

But even as publication and awards bolster her, she remains haunted by her past.

Title:Mistakes to Run With: A MemoirFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 2, 2019Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0735234426

ISBN - 13:9780735234420

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from For Fans Of Glass Castle & Educated The emotion of Mistakes To Run With is disarming. You digest Thanh’s concise sentences in gulps, only to realize they are pungent. (Like desiccated bees perhaps?) You are pulled along and yet pull away, shocked with each chapter and turn of her story. I am amazed at her survival, her resilience, her suffering, and her raw strength. Mistakes is an incredible story of a challenging and full life, the living of which culminates in an incredible prose. Her words are the affect and effect of buoyed hope.
Date published: 2019-04-08