Aria of a Brown Girl is the true story of the perilous journey one girl takes after experiencing trauma over and over beginning in her formative years and continuing on through young adulthood. Placed into adoption at birth, this sets the tone of abandonment she feels from the start and creates an overall mindset of not belonging. In addition, she is faced with numerous moments of abuse, which start her on a downward trajectory to self-destruction. Told with an unapologetic honesty, and an agonizing rawness, the reader will find themselves becoming fully invested in the author’s tumultuous journey from childhood to her adult years.
In this deeply moving memoir, Sarita Vargas compels the reader to cry with her, laugh with her, and cheer her on as she navigates life’s struggles and triumphs. Trauma is a monster, but is it any match for the discovery of inner strength and self-love?
Aria of a Brown Girl
Chapter 7, The Lost Week
“I came away from that week with spotty memories, very spotty. I have flashbacks of moments in time, but nothing to connect moment to moment. There’s me going downstairs in an unfamiliar home. There’s me turning onto a dark street. There’s me running in the darkness in full panic. There’s me being grabbed. There’s me being shoved down by more than one person. There’s me begging. There’s me floating above myself and wondering where I am and how I got there. There’s me realizing I have no real friends, no one who cares that I left that unfamiliar house by myself. There’s me back at home, sitting in my room, gulping down bile. A day or two later, there’s me waking up because mom and dad are back. There’s me feeling anger and sadness and something else… shame?”
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Published in the USA by Siren Songs, LLC