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A stunning, raw, mouth-agape page turner, steeped in sex, drugs, betrayal and a search for the truth. From Alaska to Silicon Valley and points in between, Kristin holds nothing back in this searing memoir, lifting the shroud of secrets that threatened to engulf yet another generation of her family. A powerful, deeply personal gift to all who question whether the truth really sets you free. Spoiler alert: It does.

– Linda Lorelle,
Creator of “Our Voices Matter”

Read this book. It grips you by your emotional neck and helps you breathe into insights of overcoming—indeed—moving on to thriving independence. Kristin has the courage to tell her own truths about her life interwoven with the three generational history of her mother and grandmother, that led her to the winding path of stumbling and survival to triumph with new strength and complex understanding. A story of hope and true woman power.

– Janice Mirikitani, 2000 San Francisco Poet Laureate and Co-founder,
GLIDE Foundation

*Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Girls Write Now, an award-winning national organization that mentors the next generation of young women writers and gender-expansive youth.

Maja Kristin has dedicated her life to lifting women's voices and bridging worlds. For Girls Write Now, an organization focused on the same important mission, it is an honor to have Maja champion our work and share her story with the world. Stories change minds and Kristin's inspiring story will give you a new perspective on the world.

– Maya Nussbaum, Founder & Executive Director,
Girls Write Now