The Brightness of Stars by Lisa Cherry

Orphans & Care Experience in Fiction

Lisa Cherry starts the journey of her life with a quote from Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003):

All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of the handler. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces beyond repair.

A sort of Philip Larkin for the neglected child. But a fitting quote that begins Lisa’s own fucked-up-ness childhood into care leaver story.

Lisa had a ‘burning desire’ to write a book and began her writing journey through blogging, something she loved to do. Something that became part of a cathartic healing process.

For a long time I have felt that I had many stories to tell: stories that would heal the wounds left over from years of therapeutic intervention, 12 step programmes and self help books galore.

Once started on…

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Why bother ?

Why bother? …. these are the words of a young person living in a children’s home where I worked. I wore a sliver necklace in those early days, the pendent was a question mark, she said it summed up her life. I named this place ‘Why Bother Land” a place where children go when they have no hope and see no future.

To lead children to a better place the care giver needs to know the way.