This book will astound and amaze you. It is a memoir about the authors childhood. She had a drunk father and a mother who didn't want the responsibility of raising children. They were always moving from place to place, as her father could never hold down a job. He was not an abusive or mean drunk but he could never provide consistently for his family. The children learned to fend for themselves, often went hungry and helped each other. The circumstances that were endured were crazy but this family still stuck together. The oldest sister ended up in New York and soon the other three followed. The children were able to build their lives. Their parents eventually followed them there and even though their children tried to help they preferred to be homeless. This is a very eccentric family and very resourceful. The children were determined to get out of the situation they grew up in and make better lives for themselves. They didn't let where they came from stop them from their future. This truly is an astounding book. A very good read.