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My Mother's Daughter: A Memoir of Struggle and Triumph

Decades before Perdita Felicien became a World Champion hurdler running the biggest race of her life at the 2004 Olympics, she carried more than a nation's hopes — she carried her mother Catherine's dreams. In 1974, Catherine is determined and tenacious, but just scraping by in St. Lucia. When she meets a wealthy white Canadian family, they ask her to come to Canada to be their nanny — and she accepts. This was the beginning of Catherine's new life: a life of opportunity, but also suffering. Within a few years, she would find herself pregnant a third time — this time in her new country with no family to support her, and this time, with Perdita.

Together, in the years to come, mother and daughter would experience racism, domestic abuse, and even homelessness, but Catherine's will would always pull them through. As Perdita grew and began to discover her preternatural athletic gifts, she was edged onward by her mother's love, grit, and faith. Facing literal and figurative hurdles, she learned to leap and pick herself back up when she stumbled. This book is a daughter's memoir — a book about the power of a parent's love to transform their child's life.

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Product Details

Recommended Age Adults
Author Perdita Felicien
ISBN 0385689969
Publication Date Mar 30, 2021
Publisher Doubleday Canada
Language English