Runaway by Evelyn Lau
Diary of a Street Kid

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Bright and talented, but at odds with her parents, 14-year-old Evelyn Lau ran away to spend the next two years subnerged in drugs, prostitution and despair on the streets of Vancouver. The journals she kept provide an account of life on the streets for a young girl.

About Evelyn Lau

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Evelyn Yee-Fun Lau was born in Vancouver on July 2, 1971 to Chinese immigrants. Her parents were obsessive about their children, demanding constant top performance at school and expecting Lau, to become a medical doctor. In 1983 she began publishing poems and short stories in magazines. Early in 1986 she ran away from her unbearable family and school life. She became a drug abuser and prostitute in Vancouver and chronicling in her diary her life on the streets and her struggle as an emerging writer. The manuscript became a bestseller when it was published in 1989 under the title Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, and was later turned into a made-for-television movie. Fresh Girls & Other Stories published in 1993, established her as one of Canada's leading writers.
Published September 1, 1995 by Coach House Pr. 276 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Too far from home, she turned herself in to be brought back to Vancouver by her social workers, who complainedwith justiceabout the money and effort being expended to lasso her.

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Lau's journal, a best seller in her native Canada, is a brutally frank account of her life on the streets of Vancouver after running away from a traditional Chinese home at the age of 14.

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