The Daughters' Baggage by Diane Winger

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Synopsis

Every piece of baggage carries the tales of the lives it has touched.

Aaliyah Johnson just wants to live a normal life - finish school, have a career, a family, a future. But when her father takes his own life after his return from the war in Afghanistan, she and her mother are plunged into poverty and a homeless struggle to survive.

The unusual circumstances of her mother's acquisition of a small, green suitcase seem to mark a turnaround in their luck as they begin to rebuild their lives. Then, in a heartbeat, a devastating blow rocks her world, and young Aaliyah's baggage may be more than she can bear.

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The author tells a very powerful story filled with themes of racial and ethnic injustice and discrimination, class differences, the importance of relationships, and the impact of trauma on teens and families. I found myself looking forward to reading more from the very start. - OnlineBookClub.org official review
 

About Diane Winger

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Diane Winger is a self-described "retired software geek" who loves hiking, rock climbing, and cross-country skiing when she isn't glued in front of her computer playing around with website designs, watching cat videos, and writing. She is an enthusiastic volunteer with the service organization Altrusa International. She is particularly passionate about literacy-related projects in her community. In addition to writing fiction, Diane has co-authored several guidebooks on outdoor recreation along with her husband, Charlie. They now live in western Colorado, but Diane was born and raised in Denver.
 
Published February 7, 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 297 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction