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If I Should Die Before I Wake
An abuse survivor chronicles her search for her real parents, and her battle for an education for her son and herself In her memoir As I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Eileen Munro vividly documented the abuse she experienced at the hands of her adoptive parents and, later, within the care system. The birth of her son, Craig, and her escape from the authorities' clutches should have seen her turn a corner, but she remained haunted by the specter of her past. Here, as she searches for her real parents and battles for her son's and her own education, she faces exploitation, suffers further sexual and physical abuse, and endures periods of homelessness and bad health. Still she perseveres, clinging to her hopes for the future, until she eventually finds the sense of belonging that has previously eluded her. In this harrowing but ultimately inspirational second volume of memoir, Eileen Munro proves that, against all the odds, happiness does sometimes come to those who never give up hope.
Eileen Munro is the author of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. She is a campaigner, publicist, and feature writer for the UK brain-injury charity Headway. She has addressed a committee of the Scottish Parliament investigating child sexual abuse.