Mistakes to Run With: My Story of Rebellion, Life on the Street, and Finding My Way Paperback by Yasuko Thanh

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Mistakes to Run With: My Story of Rebellion, Life on the Street, and Finding My Way Paperback by Yasuko Thanh

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Canada (May 2 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0735234434
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9780735234437
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 230 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.23 x 1.8 x 20.24 cm

“On rare occasions, you read a book that gives you the sense it had to be written, that the impulse to get these words on the page was more about necessity than choice. Books such as those are full of passion, pain and urgency, and offer the kind of triumph you feel lucky to witness. Mistakes to Run With is one such book—it feels driven by the compulsion to document, by the urgent human desire to be heard. And when every detail has been shared, every unvarnished truth thoughtfully relayed, Thanh makes you want to stand up and cheer the accomplishment.” —The Globe and Mail

“Bold, brave, and engrossing. . . . Thanh’s survival is story of sheer will and one that will keep you riveted to the page.” —Vancouver Sun

In her extraordinary and inspiring memoir, Yasuko Thanh, once a teenager living on the street manipulated into sex work and now an award-winning author, chronicles her path from trauma and addiction to finding her voice and finding her way. 

Mistakes to Run With chronicles the turbulent life of Yasuko Thanh, from early childhood in the closest thing Victoria, BC, has to a slum to teen years as a sex worker and, finally, to her emergence as an award-winning author. As a child, Thanh embraced evangelical religion, only to rebel against it and her equally rigid parents, cutting herself, smoking, and shoplifting. At fifteen, the honour-roll runaway develops a taste for drugs and alcohol. After a stint in jail at sixteen, feeling utterly abandoned by her family, school, and society, Thanh meets the man who would become her pimp and falls in love.

The next chapter of her life takes Thanh to the streets of Vancouver, where she endures beatings, arrests, crack cocaine, and an unwanted pregnancy. The act of writing ultimately becomes a solace from her suffering. Leaving the sex trade, but refusing to settle on any one thing, Thanh forges a new life for herself, from dealing drugs in four languages to motherhood and a complicated marriage, and emerges as a successful writer.

But even as publication and awards bolster her, she remains haunted by her past.

About Author

YASUKO THANH’s story collection Floating Like the Dead was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and named a Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year. Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, her debut novel, won the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Prize for Fiction, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and was nominated for the Amazon First Novel Award. Thanh’s memoir, Mistakes to Run With, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes in the 2020 BC and Yukon Book Prizes. She lives in Victoria, B.C.

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