Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid

Paperback | January 22, 2001

byEvelyn Lau

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Even as a six-year-old child, Evelyn Lau already knew what she would be in life—a writer. She would spend countless hours in her room writing short stories and poems trying to avoid the suffocating reality surrounding her. At the age of fourteen, forbidden by her strict parents to “waste” any more of her time writing, Evelyn did the only thing she felt she could do—she ran away.

For two years, Lau lived on the streets of Vancouver. For a while she embraced her new life, seduced by the sense of freedom and independence from the pressures of school and family. But like so many others before her, Lau soon fell into a dangerous spiral of drug addiction and prostitution. During her two harrowing years on the street, Lau’s writing ambition never left her; almost obsessively, she kept a written record of her days on the street; this record is Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid.

A bestselling memoir, Runaway is a story of survival: physical, emotional and psychological. It is at times tragic, sometimes infuriating, but always honest and inspired; Runaway makes no apologies and offers no solutions. It is a vivid and frightening portrait of a young girl’s life on the street.

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To become a writer, 14-year-old Evelyn Lau ran away from parents who thought it was a waste of time. Soon, her romantic notion of an independent life on the street turned into a nightmare of prostitution and drug abuse. A writer at heart, however, she managed to record her miserable journey in a diary and eventually write a book about ...

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Even as a six-year-old child, Evelyn Lau already knew what she would be in life—a writer. She would spend countless hours in her room writing short stories and poems trying to avoid the suffocating reality surrounding her. At the age of fourteen, forbidden by her strict parents to “waste” any more of her time writing, Evelyn did the on...

EVELYN LAU was born in Vancouver in 1971. She is the author of Fresh Girls and Other Stories, Other Women and Choose Me; and three collections of poetry: You Are Not Who YouClaim, which won the Milton Acorn Memorial PeopleÆs Poetry Award; OedipalDreams, which was nominated for the Governor GeneralÆs Award for Poetry; andIn the Hous...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:January 22, 2001Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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To become a writer, 14-year-old Evelyn Lau ran away from parents who thought it was a waste of time. Soon, her romantic notion of an independent life on the street turned into a nightmare of prostitution and drug abuse. A writer at heart, however, she managed to record her miserable journey in a diary and eventually write a book about her experiences. Runaway is her unapologetic, raw account of life on the streets.