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Book: The Hooker's Daughter - A Boston Family's Saga by Dale Stanten

Book: The Hooker's Daughter - A Boston Family's Saga by Dale Stanten

categories: Book, Courage, Perserverence, Inspiration, Trauma, Survival, Triumph, Shocking Memoir


Dale Stanten

Author Dale Stantenabout this book: Boy do I have a story for you!

• My mother was a hooker who turned tricks every day in our tiny apartment.
• My father was a machete-wielding lunatic who did not bathe.
• My sister "came out" as a lesbian, long before it was acceptable, and was thrown into a convent and then a mental hospital for evaluation.
• That leaves me – The Hooker's Daughter.

While I should have been playing with Barbie & Ken, I was dealing with "Johns" who were ringing the doorbell constantly – a nightmare no kid should experience. My childhood fantasy was to have a mom who made chicken soup and a father who supported his family…just like other households in our tight-knit Jewish community. Instead, friends were forbidden to play with me and I was thrown out of the Girl Scouts because I, too, might be a sinner.

I thought I could fix my past. I married and had two beautiful children. When my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor, diabetes, and developed blindness, my world crashed again. His prognosis was two months but he survived six grueling years. At 37, I was widowed and struggled to make ends meet.

I started writing this book 12 years ago so my children would understand their mother's background. However, it was too hard to bring it along because I was fearful of being a traitor, a turncoat to my family. After all, I was brainwashed to never reveal or harm the family, no matter what. And this would not be a pretty picture, especially of my mother, who I loved so much. It was a difficult decision to expose myself by publishing this memoir. What would people say? Am I being foolish? Why am I doing this? I had periods of doubt and anxiety and many sleepless nights. However, making my private life public finally devalued the impact of the gossip and embarrassment and the baggage I didn't pack. No more secrets.

The Hooker's Daughter is a story of a life dictated by shame and discontent. It traces the path of a young woman from childhood, through bewildered adolescence, to wife, mother, widow, successful entrepreneur and author. The story is about trauma, survival, and triumph.

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