In the swamps of Louisiana and the hills of Arkansas, Jonna follows her heart to build a life with an American hero - a 20 year veteran of the Army Special Forces. Only after uprooting her whole life, leaving everything and everyone she knows behind, do the pieces of this fairytale start to unravel. Realizing the man of her dreams is actually the stuff of nightmares; Jonna must once again go within and discover why she is a woman willing to love for crumbs.
LOVING FOR CRUMBS - When I first published my memoir Will Love For Crumbs I knew I had a story to tell. What I didn’t know was how many others out there had their own stories about what it was like to give everything you had to a relationship only to receive crumbs in return. I was stunned by the amount of letters I received from women here in the United States and as far away as Europe and South Africa. Each one telling me that they too had shared a similar experience. And here I thought I had been alone.
Contained within the pages of this anthology are fourteen true stories of inspiration, guts, and courage that will inspire anyone who has ever found themselves loving for crumbs. As Emma Tsai says after she finds the strength to walk away from a relationship that nearly causes her to lose herself mentally and physically in The Spell of Starvation, “I spend my days writing, not about him. I can see the mirror from where I sit, and I smile at it, as if it’s an old friend I’ve called a truce with. I don’t need it to affirm my worth.”
Some of the stories are not so easily defined. Lines of infidelity are blurred in Liz Prato’s A New Place, as she writes, “That’s the problem with want – it refuses to distinguish between right and wrong. It prefers to hide behind the self-righteousness of some gray area it constructed for itself.”
And it is not always romantic relationships that cause us to give everything we have until we are drained dry. Sometimes it is our own families as Krystal Engel tells us in Delusions of Truth, “A mother loves her children no matter what they do and she only wants for them to be happy and not to struggle. Not mine.” Or as Sherrey Meyer points out in The Crumb Gatherer it is easy to repeat patterns within family relationships. “I'd managed to pick up a lot of mama's controlling behaviors and was attempting to create my own crumb gatherers in my new family.”
From an affair with a married man in Jessica Starr’s December 21 to the exploitation of a desperate teenager in K.C. O’Neil’s Confessions of a Teenage Sex Toy these powerful stories will have you cheering for these women as they stop loving for crumbs and make the difficult and often painful decision to pick up and move on.
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