When I Was Her Daughter (Hardcover)
2023 PenCraft Awards Seasonal Winner (Winter 2023) in Memoir
2022 Memoir Prize for Books Winner in Resilience
2022 Firebird Book Awards First-Place Winner in Parenting and Family
2022 Firebird Book Awards First-Place Winner in Coming of Age
2022 Firebird Book Awards First-Place Winner in Psychiatry/Psychology
Seven-year-old Leslie has a serious problem. Someone is trying to kill her. She and her little brother must confront the stark reality of living with their mother's raging psychosis. Other family members try to help, but they are no match for the violence and unpredictability that comes with mental illness. Once in foster care, Leslie learns that life doesn't improve just because she's free of her mom. All seems lost . . . until one simple and unexpected question changes Leslie's world forever and guides her home.
When I Was Her Daughter is an award-winning found-family story of compassion and forgiveness. With raw honesty, Ferguson depicts her
journey through madness, loss, and a broken child-welfare system where only the lucky and most resilient survive.