By Edie Wadsworth
The Story of a Southern Girl Who Went through Fire to Find Her Way Home
“The night the trailer burned down, I think Daddy was the one who set it on fire. . . . “
For a long time, Edie thought she had escaped. It started in an Appalachian trailer park, where a young girl dreamed of becoming a doctor. But every day, Edie woke up to her reality: a poverty-stricken world where getting out seemed impossible. Where, at twelve years old, she taught herself to drive a truck so she could get her drunk daddy home from the bar. Where the grownups ate while the children went hungry. Where, when the family trailer burned down, she couldn’t be caught squawlin’ over losing her things—she just had to be grateful anyone had remembered to save her at all.
And at the center of it all, there was her daddy. She never knew when he would show up; she learned…