A NATIONAL BESTSELLER
A devastatingly frank memoir that tears open the past to examine how circumstances--and the choices we make--dictate the people we become, for fans of Educated and The Glass Castle.
Mistakes to Run With chronicles the turbulent life of Yasuko Thanh, from early childhood in the closest thing Victoria, BC, has to a slum to teen years as a sex worker and, finally, to her emergence as an award-winning author. As a child, Thanh embraced evangelical religion, only to rebel against it and her equally rigid parents, cutting herself, smoking, and shoplifting. At fifteen, the honour-roll runaway develops a taste for drugs and alcohol. After a stint in jail at sixteen, feeling utterly abandoned by her family, school, and society, Thanh meets the man who would become her pimp and falls in love.
The next chapter of her life takes Thanh to the streets of Vancouver, where she endures beatings, arrests, crack cocaine, and an unwanted pregnancy. The act of writing ultimately becomes a solace from her suffering. Leaving the sex trade, but refusing to settle on any one thing, Thanh forges a new life for herself, from dealing drugs in four languages to motherhood and a complicated marriage, and emerges as a successful writer.
But even as publication and awards bolster her, she remains haunted by her past.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You could think of Yasuko Thanh’s memoir as a simple story of trauma and redemption, but her scope is bigger than that. The first nonfiction book by the lauded British Columbia author is a smart, funny, and excruciatingly candid look* *at choices—those that led to addiction, a non-autonomous sex-work career, and life on the streets, as well as those that led to parenting and a writing career. None of these choices are without hiccups, wrinkles, or beautiful mistakes. Thanh’s against-all-odds tenacity, undeniable skill, and honesty left us in awe—and hungry for more of her work.