Garbage Bag Suitcase
by Shenandoah Chefalo
This is a heartbreaking memoir written by a former foster child, now an advocate for at-risk children. It follows her childhood, moving from place to place with her neglectful and abusive parents until finally she decides that she would be better off without them in her life at all. Shenandoah becomes a foster child, and quickly learns that she is still on her own in the world. Overcoming many obstacles, she completes high school, graduates from college, and becomes a wife and mother. In spite of her upbringing, she is able to successfully navigate a career and family life and has become an advocate for realistic reform to the foster care system in the hopes that future generations of foster children will not have the experiences she did.