PIECES OF ME: RESCUING MY KIDNAPPED DAUGHTERS -- one woman's powerful and inspiring triumph in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds
Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters by Lizbeth Meredith (2016, She Writes Press; 312 pages)
On a dark, cold winter afternoon in Anchorage in 1994, Lizbeth Meredith went to retrieve her four- and six-year-old daughters from daycare after their regular two-day visit with her abusive, violent ex-husband, only to find them missing. Her non-custodial ex had kidnapped them and taken them to Greece – his home country.
What follows is one brave young woman’s nightmarish two-year struggle to get her daughters back, no matter the cost. And that cost was steep. Twenty-nine years old and just off food stamps, Lizbeth now faced a daunting task – how to navigate her way through the maze of international laws and lawyers, treaties, confusion, and doublespeak to regain her children. Somehow, through it all, Meredith manages to not only keep it together, but maintain a sense of humor, a remarkable feat given the way she was treated by many of the people whose job it was to assist her. Perhaps worst of all is the Anchorage police officer originally assigned to the case, who, it turns out, deliberately attempted to sabotage the author’s lawful effort to retrieve her daughters. But Lizbeth also encounters boundless generosity and kindness on her odyssey, from friends and strangers in Anchorage and Greece who helped her along the way.
This is an unforgettable, un-put-downable tale told by a courageous and remarkable woman. Pieces of Me reads, at times, like a gripping, suspense-filled thriller, packed with international intrigue, high-powered diplomats and shady, Greek private eyes. You can’t wait to turn the page to see what happens next. But it’s also a haunting memoir of domestic violence, abuse, and ultimately, one mother’s powerful and rousing triumph in the face of incredible adversity.
Well written and fast-paced, Pieces of Me is an important, honest, and heartrending story of how a naïve young girl became an incredibly strong, brave, and persistent woman who refused to give up, no matter how insurmountable the odds.
An inspiring and gripping true story.
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