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Look at You Now

One Girl's Journey from Shame to Strength

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In 1979, Liz Pryor, a good girl from a privileged Chicago family, discovered that she was pregnant. At only 17 years old, her parents were determined to keep this shameful event secret from everyone, even her siblings. One snowy January day, after driving across three states, her mother dropped her off at what Liz believed was a Catholic home for unwed mothers, but was in fact a locked state facility for delinquent pregnant girls.

Over the next six months, alone and isolated from everyone she knew, Liz developed a surprising bond of friendship with the other girls, which led her to question everything she once held true. Told with tenderness, humour and candour, Look at You Now is a deeply moving coming-of-age story that pays tribute to the triumph of the human spirit in times of adversity, and the transcendent power of friendship in the toughest of times.

From Publishers Weekly

14 March 2016 – When she was 17, Pryor (What Did I Do Wrong?) promised her mother she would never divulge the story of her teen pregnancy. But before her mother died, Pryor asked whether she could share the experience, and her mother agreed. This poignant and quite engrossing memoir details the five months of 1980 that Pryor spent in a locked facility for pregnant, delinquent teens in a small Indiana town. Pryor was free to come and go as she pleased, but she soon found that there was really no place to flee. Instead, she spent her confinement getting to know the other teens, many from juvenile detention houses or foster care. Pryor's upbringing had been privileged; she grew up in a wealthy suburb of Chicago, the fifth of seven children. She adored her parents (who eventually divorced) and her "extraordinary life." When her pregnancy was discovered, however, her parents' primary concern was keeping it secret; she was spirited away and instructed to place the baby for adoption. Instead of "ruining her life," her pregnancy and friendships with the "degenerate unfortunate" girls (as her mother referred to them) opened both her heart and her eyes to another world. Readers will swiftly be drawn into the author's compassionate retelling of her teen pregnancy her fear, shame, regret, joy, and even her forgiveness of her parents for sending her away. This coming-of-age memoir is authentic and unforgettable.
Look at You Now
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  • Category: Biography
  • Published: 02 June 2016
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • Print Length: 343 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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