Book Review: “Out From The Underworld” by Heather Siegel

May 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Heather Siegel in her new book, “Out From The Underworld book coverOut From The Underworld” published by Greenpoint Press gives us the story of Heather Siegel.

From the back cover:  Heather Siegel was six years old when her mother disappeared, sending her father into a tailspin that took Heather and her siblings down with him—from a comfortable suburban home to a barely habitable basement apartment, a dark world they soon found themselves fighting to return to from the exile of foster care, then fighting even harder to escape.

Forty years later, Heather Siegel tells the remarkable story of how she and her siblings, Jaz and Greg, banded together to find out what happened to their mother and fight their way Out from the Underworld with nothing but their wits, determination, unbreakable bonds and gifts for humor and compassion to sustain them. A wrenching, inspiring story filled with heartbreak, hope and love, Out from the Underworld will move you to laughter and tears.  

Child neglect and abandonment how can anyone really survive? That is the question I had when I found Ms. Siegel’s memoir of her life. Normally I would not get this book however I was intensely curious as it says that she overcame that background, I had to find out how. Her mother left her at age five that is when her life went flying out of control. Her father couldn’t take the loss so they went from a nice house to living in the moldy basement of her grandparent’s house. The father is distant, the grandparents are distant and then, one day, he sends them off to live with Foster Parents. The events that happen in this book are not easy stuff to take. It is not meant to be. These are the events of Ms. Siegel’s life and she didn’t have an easy time of it. The great thing is the title of this book is “Out From The Underworld” and that is exactly what it is. Ms. Siegel and her siblings went from the basement into the sunshine of their lives. This is an epic undertaking. As I said it is not an easy read but it is an exceptional read.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from IRead Book Tours.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Hi VIc,
    Thank you so much for the review and for featuring my book. I appreciated your insight. Yes, this was an epic undertaking to write this book, mainly because a lot of time needed to pass before I could make sense of what we all went through– and because it took time to evolve as a narrator. Great blog you have here!
    Warmest,
    Heather


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