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Book details
  • SubGenre:Personal Memoirs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:390
  • eBook ISBN:9780995224612
  • Paperback ISBN:9780995224605

Memoir of Hope & Resilience

Passionate Late-Bloomer Talks Life, Literature, and Personal Empowerment

by Sylvia Valevicius

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This memoir speaks to the advantages and problems of being a 'late-bloomer.' It is a conversation between the author and the reader. Not a full-on autobiography, this book is essentially about hope. As well as sharing parts of her life, the author touches on some of her favourite pieces of literature and advice she gleans from life-coaches which lit a fire under her. Always a teacher, in past, and today in spirit, the author offers material to entertain and inspire with a pass- it- on enthusiasm for life.
A lonely, immigrant chid, confused by her anger, her role in the family, and her ethnic heritage, Sylvia makes poor life-choices as a young adult. She struggles with depression, and a lack of self-knowledge. In her mid-twenties, after a teen marriage dissolves, she finds herself a single parent of four kids under seven. With only a high-school education and no alimony, what is she to do with her life? In MEMOIR of HOPE & RESILIENCE, Sylvia shares her story of joyful moments and traumatic episodes. She takes mental and physical anguish and turns these issues into a creative life. She invites the Reader to take her cathartic journey in the hope of helping others deal with the complexities that emotionally crippled her: topics such as change, ego, shame, betrayal, regrets, religion, sex and violence. Happiness, and living in the NOW, are also themes Sylvia draws on, from literature and life-coaches, which lead her to self-understanding and self-acceptance. This book reflects a journey of the human condition. Join this teacher in her intimate conversation with you, within her book of revelations, and the mysteries of life. Prepare to be surprised at what you learn about yourself.
About the author

Sylvia Valevicius is a retired secondary school teacher of English and dramatic arts. She is a grandmother of five granddaughters, and eight grandsons. She enjoys attending her grandchildren's social activities, and works as a writer the rest of the time. Sylvia is the author of two performing arts publications: Monologues for Youth, Volumes 1 & 2. She is currently writing a novel, The World of SIN, set in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives. Sylvia is known in some circles as actor: Joey T. Oliver; Website: www.whoissylvia.net; Twitter: @Jtosnest; Instagram: @sylviamvalevicius; Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/hmwqj6p