Refined Refined


    • 4.1 • 39 Ratings
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Publisher Description

A heartbreaking and coming-of-age memoir from the creator of The Cash Queen about her struggles growing up with an abusive father—including her time in foster care, and her complicated role in a dysfunctional family—and how she spent years plotting to take her life back.

"A frank, sharply written account of hope and survival." — Kirkus Reviews

Tracie Breaux was in the third grade when her father decided to blacken their windows with trash bags, to keep men from seeing in, but also to keep the family from seeing out. Her dad timed trips to the grocery store and trailed her mom at her job, where they played a made up game called Watch Mom at Work. His obsessions and paranoias tugged the childhood right out of Tracie.

In Refined, Tracie recounts all of this intense detail—including her determination to leave the home for good, where she finds herself in the foster care system, tossed into an unforgiving world, where the children pay for the sins of their fathers. Initially, she enjoys the spoils of freedom, but after being socially and mentally isolated for years, finds out that life is not as easy as just walking away from your past. Eventually, you have to confront it.

Refined is an uplifting and inspirational memoir that is a testament to the strength of young women. It is a heartbreaking story with a surprising twist of DNA patterns handed down from generation to generation. It is also a reminder that although we are shaped by our ancestors, each of us has the power to refine our future into something beautiful.

Biographies & Memoirs
July 1
Tracie Breaux
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

Cheri Baker ,


This book disclosed a humanity problem and brought it down to a human level. The author opened up her childhood home and showed us the abuse and pain her father imposed on her, her brother, and mother. I saw Tracie as a very strong child that grew into a strong woman. In the end she was able to see this also. A good writer and a good read.

Murf811 ,


This is an excellent book. It reads like a true story and it could be heartbreaking. She writes how she comes to understand that her mother doesn’t like her and she does nothing to protect her oldest daughter from an extremely abusive father.

Good read.

iwon'tshutup ,

Compelling and unputdownable

I started this book last night and stayed up reading until the sky began to turn light, and just finished. I believed every word, and related to parts of it. I befriended foster girls when I was a kid- none of them were around very long. I knew they weren't treated well by their foster families without them having to tell me. It was written in their posture and in their faces. I've looked for some of the ones whose names I could remember but have never crossed paths with them again. If nothing else, I hope I gave them a few days of respite from what they endured - a few moments of childhood silliness or companionship. The abuse suffered at the hands of their own families, being "rescued" only to be thrown into homes where many were made into slaves, practically starved, kept isolated and without human decency is one of the greatest ills of our country. It's been a broken system for decades with an occasional horror story bringing attention to it, albeit, temporarily. The author wrote a difficult memoir and yet, made it thoughtful, very readable, and managed to make it relatable even if you didn't share the experience of being in the foster system.

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