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.
This book follows Heather and her siblings journey starting at a young age when their mother takes them away and their father come to their rescue.
Upon ‘rescuing’ the kids, their dad moves them into the dark basement of his parents home where the kids find themselves in and out of foster homes, in and out of the basement, and dealing with a dad who really acts like he doesn’t want to be a dad.
It isn’t until the end of the book that really start learning the truths behind their mother and their father.
In the end, I did really start to understand and feel bad for the father.
I didn’t ‘love’ this book, but I didn’t ‘hate’ the book either. My emotions were just kind of neutral when it came to this book.
Their situation wasn’t ‘great’, but, I hate to say it; it could have been worse. Based on the ‘dark, riveting, unfortunate truth’, I was expecting much, much worse.
Don’t get me wrong – the situation was definitely crappy, especially when you are a kid.
The best part of the entire book was that Heather realized the cycle and made the conscious decision to change the cycle with her family and children.
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About the Author
Heather Siegel holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from The New School. Her work has appeared on Salon.com and in The Mother Magazine and Author Magazine, as well as in various trade publications. She was a finalist for the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Award in Nonfiction Writing, the 2011 San Francisco Writers Conference Nonfiction Writing Award, the Carolina Wren Press 2012 Doris Bakwin Award and the 2012 Kore Press First Book Award. A multi-creative person with interests in the arts, nutrition, health and beauty, she has founded several independent businesses, including a coffeehouse, a café, an organic juice bar and a natural beauty bar. She currently lives with her husband, Jon, and daughter, Julia, in the woods of Long Island in a house filled with light.