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I’m Nobody

By Erma Steppe

Erma’s mother made her such a non-entity that she started school not knowing her own last name. She spent years waiting to hear her mother say “I love you” only to hear “You are nobody. You don’t count. I hate you.” This story details the journey of a little girl so neglected and hungry she tried to cook a whole chicken (feathers, innards, and all). As an adult, she finally, after years in the wasteland, found a life that worked and found the woman who would become her companion. (They’ve now been together for 20 years and counting.) I’m Nobody is more than the most horrific story of child neglect and abuse I’ve ever encountered, it is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. or —Review: Angel Curtis.

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