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*Starred Review* While the abuses of Catholic priests have been making headlines in recent years, little has been heard about mistreatment at the hands of nuns. Here Richardson, who was raised in a Catholic orphanage in Kentucky in the 1960s, recounts the horrors that she and countless other children endured there and takes readers on her journey to rid herself of the awful memories. Her catharsis comes with a lawsuit, which she and 44 other survivors brought against the order that ran the orphanage. Richardson tells two simultaneous stories. In one, she recalls episodes from her childhood where her “misbehavior” (such as leaving soil on her panties) led to unheard-of punishments. In the other, she takes us through the steps of the group lawsuit, from the first meeting with the attorney to the first deposition where a sister was present to, finally, a settlement, the first of its kind against Catholic nuns. Richardson’s candid accounts are chilling, and the strength she shows—with a very supportive husband at her side—is inspiring. Remarkably, she did not abandon the church and in fact sends her children to Catholic schools. Hers is a beautifully told story about strength and an enduring faith that can lead but one place: to forgiveness. --Mary Frances Wilkens

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"Richardson's candid accounts are chilling, and the strength she shows—with a very supportive husband at her side—is inspiring. Remarkably, she did not abandon the Church and in fact sends her children to Catholic schools. Hers is a beautifully told story about strength and an enduring faith that can lead but one place: to forgiveness."  —Booklist, starred review



"The Unbreakable Child is an act of courage, a book that insists on the primacy of justice, no matter how long the delay. Kim Michele Richardson, an author determined to give traumatic memories a rightful meaning, is one indestructible woman."  —Jason Berry, author, Vows of Silence


"This is a gripping account not just of horrific betrayal but also of heroic recovery."  —David Clohessy, director of SNAP and winner, People Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People in 2003



"Not so much a tragic tale as it is a testament to the resilience of human nature and the fighting spirit residing somewhere in each of us."  —Greg Barrett, veteran journalist and author, The Gospel of Father Joe



"The most powerful story I've read in a long time. You'll feel her pain and her triumph, and be reminded that the human spirit is resilient beyond all reason. This book will change you."  —Jenna Glatzer, author, Celine Dion: For Keeps



"A harrowing, but beautifully crafted saga of one woman's courageous fight against evil, and her victory over the greatest titan in history—the Catholic church. This is a book that will haunt you."  —Alanna Nash, author, The Colonel



"Grim yet ultimately inspiring, this harrowing biography catalogues years of institutional abuse that took place in the Saint Thomas-Saint Vincent Orphan Asylum, a Catholic orphanage in Anchorage, Kentucky."  —Kentucky Examiner



"A must read for students entering the field of social work! Thank you, Ms. Richardson, for opening your life and sharing your journey for our betterment."  —Dr. Eugene H. Foster, former state child welfare executive

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  • Publisher : Kunati Inc. (April 1, 2009)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 160164163X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1601641632
  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 8.75 inches
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