Have You Found Her

A Memoir

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Publisher Description

And every week, there was the unspoken question, the one I didn’t know enough to ask myself : Have you found her yet? The one who reminds you of you?

Twenty years after she lived at a homeless shelter for teens, Janice Erlbaum went back to volunteer. Now thirty-four years old and a successful writer, she’d changed her life for the better; now she wanted to help someone else–someone like the girl she’d once been.

Then she met Sam. A brilliant nineteen-year-old junkie savant, the product of a horrifically abusive home, Sam had been surviving alone on the streets since she was twelve and was now struggling for sobriety against the adverse health effects of long-term drug abuse.

Soon Janice found herself caring deeply for Sam, following her through detoxes and psych wards, halfway houses and hospitals, becoming ever more manically driven to save her from the sickness and sadness leftover from Sam’s terrible past. But just as Janice was on the verge of becoming the girl’s legal guardian, she made a shocking discovery: Sam was sicker than anyone knew, in ways nobody could have imagined.

Written with startling candor and immediacy, Have You Found Her is the story of one woman’s quest to save a girl’s life–and the hard truths she learns about herself along the way.

“A rich and compelling account . . . Ultimately this is a book about the narrator’s journey and the dangers that attend the urge within us all to believe we can save another soul. A terrific read.”
–Cammie McGovern, author of Eye Contact

Biographies & Memoirs
February 12
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

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You won't be able to put this down

In somewhat, but not totally a sequel to her memoir GIRLBOMB Ms. Erlbaum is 20 years removed from her life on the streets and decides to volunteer at the shelter where she lodged as a teen. Armed with a bag of beads for crafts, little training, and lots of hope Janice sets out to help/save those at the shelter, one girl at a time. In steps Samantha, whose story of brutal abuse tugs at Janice's heart and the boundaries become blurred between Janice's and Sam's needs, truth and lies, pushing the bounds of unconditional love to its brink.

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