Abby Sher

Abby Sher

Award-winning author Abby Sher’s latest book, BREAKING FREE:  True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery (Barrons, May, 2014) tells the riveting story of three survivors of sexual slavery.  These three women could easily have become voiceless victims.  Sher gives them voice, sending the powerful message that, even in the most tragic circumstances, the unwavering hope and compassion of the human spirit can and will shine through.  Kirkus Reviews hailed Sher’s book, intended for a young adult audience, as “Harrowing…and inspiring.”

Sher’s memoir, AMEN, AMEN, AMEN: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn’t Stop Praying (Among Other Things), is about the balance of unexpected loss and unexpected joy. It is a moving and surprisingly relatable story of Abby’s life with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and how the disease becomes a gift when she is faced with the death of both her parents. She counts, washes, pounds, cuts and starves herself compulsively from the age of ten onwards. But her fiercest obsession is prayer—a search for Someone who will protect her and the world from future loss.

Abby says: “Amen, Amen is a detective story, piecing together memories of an adolescence often spent in mourning. It is an elegy, honoring a mother, father, and beloved aunt who filled me with music and their own blend of neuroticism, which I am just now willing to understand. It is an adventure, because there are fast cars, house fires, and lots of ambulances. It is intimate and unafraid, hilarious and heartbreaking. My convictions and behaviors may be extreme, but they are born from a very human need to grasp why we are here on earth, when our time will end, and who, if anyone is in charge.”

Abby is also the author of the young adult novel, Kissing Snowflakes, and is a contributor to Modern Love:  50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion and Behind the Bedroom Door, and has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Self, Jane, Elle and Redbook. She lives in Brooklyn.

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