Finding Gloria chronicles author Marianne Curtis’ rise out of the ashes of abject misery to the point of discovering that everything she grew up believing about herself was based on lies. This memoir tells how the author was given up at birth and adopted by a family who eventually settles in southern Manitoba. The story exposes the author’s upbringing where she was emotionally and physically abused until she runs away. As a ward of Child and Family Services, the author`s recovery included admission into an institution.
At eighteen, she marries and goes on to raise four children, but the echoes of her mother’s abuse ring loudly, affecting her decisions every step of the way. Eventually her insecurities lead to three failed marriages and her own mental breakdown. On the heels of her adoptive mother’s death three years ago, the author discovers her birth family in Edmonton through Facebook, along with the true origins of her life. In the process she finds love, peace and acceptance never experienced during the first forty years of her life.
Marianne Curtis, author