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Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island

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Reginas Calcaterra memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope.
 
Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons.
 
A true-life rags-to-riches story, Etched in Sand chronicles Reginas rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all.
 
Beautifully written, with heartbreaking honesty, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American Dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

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"This true story of a woman surviving domestic abuse as a child, emancipating herself as a teenager, and then becoming a successful attorney is courageous and fascinating, written with a descriptive restraint that recalls moments of tragedy and perseverance with simplicity and subtlety. Her story begins with an account of life among 'a scrappy pack of homeless siblings' and narrows to Calcaterra's rise to executive director of the New York State Moreland Commission on Utility Preparation and Response. Woven into the narrative is Calcaterra's search to discover the identity of her birth father, a man who resisted acknowledging that he is her parent; this conflict led to a landmark court decision in the state of Washington over an adult child's right to an accurate determination of paternity; it also led to a touching reunion with other members of her birth father's family. Written as a 'story of the hope it took a community to raise a child,' Calcaterra concludes her story with the genuine sentiment that 'we all have to believe.' At the end of this unforgettable book, readers will." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets—and how she and her savvy crew of homeless siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse

Regina Calcaterra's emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together.

Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

About the Author

Regina Calcaterra was appointed executive director of New York State's Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response by Governor Andrew Cuomo after she assisted in the recovery of Superstorm Sandy in her capacity as chief deputy executive for Suffolk County. She has provided commentary on politics and policy on national and local media outlets since 2000 and is a passionate advocate for the adoption of older foster children.

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Chris Martucci, January 26, 2014 (view all comments by Chris Martucci)
Regina Calcaterra's memoir was not so much a revelation to me as a wake up call. The part of the country that she describes so well in her book is very close to where I live. It is an area of suburban communities with green lawns, shopping malls, and families consisting of the regulation 2.5 children with a golden retriever in the backyard. Commuter communities where, at least at the time that Calcaterra is describing, the Dads go off to the city to work and the Moms run the PTA and ferry the kids around. I know that there is no way to know what happens behind the closed doors of communities like this, however, what happened to Ms. Calcaterra and her siblings had to have been glaring to the people that lived in close proximity to them. I imagine that most people kept their knowledge to themselves and tried to help the kids on a one-to-one basis,which is a temporary fix as the family moved around quite often. Since they lived "under the radar" even the local schools that they attended were not able to track them with enough regularity to come to their aid when it was needed. My take-away from this book is that things are not always as they seem. In some ways, the lives these children led made them stronger and closer as a family; however, all of them in some way were irreparably damaged by the circumstances of their upbringing. I encourage anyone interested in child welfare to pick up a copy of this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062218834
Author:
Calcaterra, Regina
Publisher:
William Morrow & Company
Subject:
Abuse - Child Abuse
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.648649 in 10.4 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This true story of a woman surviving domestic abuse as a child, emancipating herself as a teenager, and then becoming a successful attorney is courageous and fascinating, written with a descriptive restraint that recalls moments of tragedy and perseverance with simplicity and subtlety. Her story begins with an account of life among 'a scrappy pack of homeless siblings' and narrows to Calcaterra's rise to executive director of the New York State Moreland Commission on Utility Preparation and Response. Woven into the narrative is Calcaterra's search to discover the identity of her birth father, a man who resisted acknowledging that he is her parent; this conflict led to a landmark court decision in the state of Washington over an adult child's right to an accurate determination of paternity; it also led to a touching reunion with other members of her birth father's family. Written as a 'story of the hope it took a community to raise a child,' Calcaterra concludes her story with the genuine sentiment that 'we all have to believe.' At the end of this unforgettable book, readers will." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets—and how she and her savvy crew of homeless siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse

Regina Calcaterra's emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together.

Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

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