Anna Dunwell

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Paradise Lies:
A Modern Slave Narrative
by Anna Dunwell

This is a womb emergence memoir from
the shadow of death, high school and Brooklyn.


After I ate the cheese from the mouse trap where my father left my two dead pet mice I realized that my childhood was about frequent stays in an oxygen lung, my workaholic family in Betford Styvesant, my father's alcoholic rages, and daily exile to a Quaker prep school in Brooklyn Heights thanks to my loving white pediatrician, a trustee who'd been randomly assigned to me at birth. I didn't know if I'd survive lung disease, beatings by neighborhood kids, street gang rites, and every day school racism, but I wondered who or what I'd become?

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