Foothold in the Mountain is the "true" life story of a child, Constance Caruso, who is born into an extremely dysfunctional family who immigrated in the early 1900's from Italy to New York City.
Her extremely sad tale takes us from her birth to present day and of all the books I have read, I found this story to be extremely difficult to complete. Not due to the fact that it wasn't well-written but due to the fact that it drew the reader in until one could actually visualize Connie's deep love for her family and her child and the hell she endured throughout most of her life.
And sadly, she followed the road taken by so many young girls and women before her, chasing the elusive dream of finding "true" love in the arms of too many unworthy men.
And then came the feelings of rejection, loneliness, helplessness, immense sadness and then the overpowering lure and addictions of too many drugs.
This heartbreaking story would make a very interesting movie in my opinion and there isn't another woman among us who cannot not say: "There, but for the Grace of God, go I."
Would I recommend this book to others? YES!
For more information on this book read the publicity material listed in the book basked dated May 11, 2014 or go to the purchase link below.
Constance Caruso was the television host for "Frankly Female" from 1976 to 1990. A passionate volunteer, she remains active in Women's National Book Association and Homeboy Industries, which provides hope, training and support to formerly gang-involved men and women. Caruso is of Sicilian heritage and is a first generation American. She is an avid reader, lifelong learner and advocate of "paying it forward."
"Foothold in the Mountain"
By: Constance Caruso
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Paperback retail price: $19.95
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