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Mary Williams | The Lost Daughter

Mary Williams: The Lost Daughter
Mary Williams
Mary Williams, daughter of the Black Panther movement and adopted as a teenager by actress Jane Fonda, shares her memoir The Lost Daughter.

As she grew up in 1970s Oakland, role models for Williams were few and far between: her father was often in prison, her older sister was a teenage prostitute, and her hot-tempered mother struggled to raise five children alone. When Mary was thirteen, she was invited to spend a summer at Jane Fonda's Laurel Springs Children's Camp. Over the course of several summers, she began confiding in Fonda about her difficulties at home. Eventually, Fonda invited her to come live with her family. Practically overnight, Mary left the streets of Oakland for the star-studded climes of Santa Monica. Fonda became the parent Mary had never had—helping with homework, listening to adolescent fears, celebrating achievements, and offering inspiration, encouragement, and adventure at every turn. Her most courageous trip, though, involved returning to Oakland thirty years later and reconnecting with her biological mother and family, many of whom she hadn't seen since the day she left home. The Lost Daughter is a chronicle of her journey back in time, an exploration of fractured family bonds, and a moving epic of self-discovery.

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MARY WILLIAMS is an Ithaca resident, Cornell graduate, artist, and writer. She is the author of the children's book Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. She has also written for McSweeney's and O: The Oprah Magazine. She lives in the Southwest.
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ISBN: 9780399160868
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Published: Blue Rider Press - April 9th, 2013

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ISBN: 9781584302322
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