Crisis, Pursued by Disaster, Followed Closely by Catastrophe

Crisis, Pursued by Disaster, Followed Closely by Catastrophe

A Memoir of Life on the Run

Book - 2007
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"Throughout his childhood, Mike O'Connor's family pretended to be normal. But Mike and his two younger sisters knew that their parents were hiding something - a secret they didn't dare talk about. The family appeared to be no different from any of their small-town Texas neighbors - that is, until suddenly the O'Connors would flee, leaving with only a few hours' notice, abandoning houses and pets and possessions and running across the border to Mexico." "For all of Mike's adolescence, O'Connor family life alternated between relative comfort and abject poverty - sometimes within a matter of days. From living in a Texas ranch house to living in two rented rooms in an impoverished Mexican village, the O'Connors never knew what lay ahead - only that they must not draw attention to themselves. Though their parents steadfastly denied it, the children knew that something was chasing them - a past that hovered like an invisible enemy, always waiting to strike, always in pursuit." "But it was not until much later, after his parents' deaths, that Mike O'Connor, now an investigative reporter, was able to uncover the truth about his family's past. As the secrets were unlocked one by one and the long trail of deception unfurled, Mike faced the heart-wrenching ramifications of his parents' actions - and made a discovery that shook his family loyalty to its core."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375504792
Branch Call Number: 973.910922
Characteristics: xii, 290 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Feb 25, 2014

Wow.... what a family! Unlike many of the biographies out at this time, this man's boyhood life wasn't composed of physical or sexual violence (thank goodness) but it was absolutely confusing and so different from his friends' lives that as an adult he did a fair amount of sleuthing to find out what motivated his parents. It was such an interesting read I gave it to my husband, who reads very little, and he's currently nose-deep in it.


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