Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Nowhere Girl

Harbhajan, meaning "song of God” in Sanskrit, was only four years old when it became glaringly clear that her family was uncommonly different. Repeatedly changing identities, continents and even religions - the only consistency was that her family unit was the only thing that ever mattered. Harbhajan idolized her handsome older brother Frank, tolerated her angry sister Chiara and was completely devoted to her parents. Intelligent, free spirits Harbhajan’s parents simply floated around the globe “appearing” to live a truthful, spiritual existence. Little did she know that they would spend the next two decades on the run because in actuality her charismatic father was a wanted criminal and her beautiful soft spoken mother was desperate to escape her complicated past. With very little formal schooling it is amazing how quickly Harbhajan and her siblings learned random subjects while she and Frank also excelled at a variety of athletics that her parents obsessively required. As Harbhajan morphed into Crystal and later Cheryl she began to analyze her father’s increasingly unhealthy temper and abusive and continuous manipulation of those closest to him. Although familial love and commitment ran deep Cheryl finally reached her limits when her health declined and she miraculously found the strength to reinvent herself once again. Similar to The Glass Castle, this fast paced, well written memoir is hard to put down. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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