For those who seek inspirational reading via true stories, one book not to miss this year is Stacey Danson’s sequel to her successful memoir Empty Chairs,, Faint Echoes of Laughter (Night Publishing, 2012). If the reader doesn’t walk away with eyes open to a world many never experienced, yet moved by its story, then the entire point of this intense book is lost on them.
Product Description (via Amazon):
…the shocking and spirited sequel to the much-praised Empty Chairs.
Life on the streets of Sydney was preferable to the nightmare Stacey Danson had survived in the hell that was home.
She hit the streets running at the age of eleven, and armed with a flick-knife and a fierce determination to live a different life, she began the journey from the 1960s to today.
For those that came to know ‘Sassy girl’ in Empty Chairs, and for those caring people that asked how her life worked out from there, Faint Echoes of Laughter continues the story.
For those that haven’t met her yet, this book stands alone as a tribute to the kindness of strangers, the loyalty of true friendships and the way things really are on the streets of any town …. anytime.
Like Empty Chairs, the story told in Faint Echoes of Laughter, this is far from a light read. Be prepared for gritty, to-the-point content that only a person who experienced such a life can write such a book that’s all but impossible to put aside for even a few seconds.
The kindness of strangers portrayed in Faint Echoes of Laughter prove there are still good people left in a world where it seems everyone is out for only themselves, making it difficult for the reader not to somewhat restore their faith in mankind.
Faint Echoes of Laughter displays strong determination to rise above the scars of child abuse while written with extraordinary compassion. It’s not a life easy to share, but Stacey Danson did it, combating her past demons in a way many of us couldn’t begin to think to do.