Book Feature - Stray by Tanya Marquardt
With the current events that are happening in the world today, I can’t get enough of books and stories about strong women. The news shares a lot of stories that leave me disheartened but if you’re paying attention you’ll also see incredible stories of women being brave, being strong, and sharing their stories with the world. That is why I’m featuring Tanya Marquardt’s book Stray. It takes a lot of strength to run away from an emotionally abusive home at the age of 16 and then find a way to survive and then THRIVE. It is so important for women to support, and believe, other women. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for Tanya to live this life and then find the words to share her story in this book. But I’m glad she is sharing it with us and I hope you enjoy this story of one woman’s strength.
From the publisher:
Brutal and beautiful, Stray is the true story of a girl who runs away and finds herself.
After growing up in a dysfunctional and emotionally abusive home, Tanya Marquardt runs away on her sixteenth birthday. Her departure is an act of rebellion and survival—whatever she is heading toward has to be better than what she is leaving behind.
Struggling with her inner demons, Tanya must learn to take care of herself during two chaotic years in the working-class mill town of Port Alberni, followed by the early-nineties underground goth scene in Vancouver, British Columbia. She finds a chosen family in her fellow misfits, and the bond they form is fierce and unflinching.
Told with raw honesty and strength, Stray reveals Tanya’s fight to embrace the vulnerable, beguiling parts of herself and heal the wounds of her past as she forges her own path to a new life.