When I was in my early twenties, I tragically lost both my parents to AIDS — reeling from this loss I got involved with a Native American Indian cult, marrying its leader, and becoming his 14th wife. Having escaped, I began writing my memoir to record this extraordinary and transformative part of my life. There have been many times when I wished I could have asked my mother questions about her life since she died — I wanted my daughter to have all the answers, should she have questions after I am gone, to teach her never to give up and trust herself.
The Fourteenth Wife is about my search for belonging after the tragedy of losing both my parents to AIDS. The book documents how after battling with depression and being drawn into a cult, I was able to overcome my grief and regain balance, and meaning in my life. I hope that my story may encourage others who feel lost, alone or depressed, to carry on and fight to find their own path back to peace and happiness.
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