RemembeRED: Riptide

RemembeRED: Riptide

February 14, 2012 Writing 10

From the first tumultuous wave that tossed her about at four years of age to the last, this poignant tale of a woman who survived the storm and walked on the water that tried to drown her will tug at your heart strings and make you cheer out loud. This is an amazing journey of hope as she was caught in the riptide of abuse, the loss of twins, attempted suicide, and a brush with death only to swim her way out and catch a wave that carried her to the golden shore of love she’d searched so desperately for.


The memoir challenge this week was to sell your pitch in 200 words or less.

Would you buy this book?


10 Responses

  1. Brianna Soloski says:

    Beautiful, and yes I would definitely buy this book.

  2. angela says:

    I like the water imagery running throughout this, and the story is definitely a compelling one.

  3. jesterqueen1 says:

    Holy shit. Yes, I would read it, but the part where you lose the twins would be hard hard hard. I am so sorry.

    But I am so glad you survived the suicide attempt. I can only imagine the things that drove you so deep, and I’m so glad you fought them back.

    • SAM says:

      The loss of my twins was to adoption rather than miscarriage but for me at that time of my life it was still very devasting. That whole section (the twins, the suicide, even the brush with death and the years just after that)I think would be very,very, very hard for people to read. This is one of the reasons why I don’t participate in every memoir prompt. This one was too hard to pass up. LOL

      Sent from my iPad

      • jesterqueen1 says:

        That does not mean it would not be read. I have only recently heard of birthmothers getting the respect and grief counselling they need and deserve after an adoption. As a society, we tend to focus on the new adoptive family and its joy. We forget that there is another mother, one who just made the hardest sacrifice a mother can make. What you did for your children is admirable, but it must have been agony. I know I couldn’t do it. I can see where your story, if writing it would heal you, rather than hurting you all over again, could be an eye opener to a lot of people.

  4. Tina says:

    “walked on the water that tried to drown her”

    I LOVED that!!!!! I would buy the book based on that phrase alone.

    • SAM says:

      Really? it was fun to use water references, especially since my earliest memory is literally of me being trapped in a wave and rolled onto shore when I was 4.

      Sent from my iPad

  5. barbara @ de rebus via WoE says:

    Very interesting… I also enjoy the water imagery – i think the only thing you may need it to use your name instead of “she” – I believe that simple edit will add the a level of concrete detail.


  6. I am catching up with the unread mails in my box. This memoir is compelling and painful. But I will read it backwards just to be sure that things turned out well in the end. The triumphant ending will give me the courage to go through the painful parts. Of course, I will have to read this book when I am alone, with a box of tissues, and preferably not at night so that I won’t wake up with puffy eyes.

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