GIRL UNBROKEN by Regina Calcaterra & Rosie Maloney & GIVEAWAY


We first met Cookie, a pill-popping, alcoholic with five children from five different men in, ETCHED in THE SAND: A True Story of Five Siblings who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island (William Morrow) by her oldest daughter, Regina Calcaterra. Her only son, Norman, was spared her abusive tirades that included calling her four daughters “whores’ and “sluts.” Cookie would beat the girls, 4-year-old, Regina received the most brutal, once being tied to a radiator for days. These parts of the book leave the reader wondering how Regina grew up to be the successful woman we read about in the rest of the book.


Now Regina pairs with her youngest sister, Rosie Maloney to tell Rosie’s harrowing, yet triumphant, story of childhood abuse and survival in GIRL UNBROKEN: A Sister’s Harrowing Story of Survival from The Streets of Long Island to the Farms of Idaho (William Morrow). Through it all, they had each other. Rosie, the youngest, is protected by her older sister, Regina. Their mother, Cookie, blows in and out of their lives “like a hurricane, blind and uncaring to everything in her path.”

But when Regina discloses the truth about her abusive mother to her social worker, she is separated from her younger siblings Norman and Rosie. And as Rosie discovers after Cookie kidnaps her from foster care, the one thing worse than being abandoned by her mother is living in Cookie’s presence. Beaten physically, abused emotionally, and forced to labor at the farm where Cookie settles in Idaho, Rosie refuses to give in. Rosie tries to get child welfare services to investigate her mother in Idaho, but Cookie is always able to put up a good front for their visits. Like her sister Regina, Rosie has an unimaginable strength—enough to get her out of Idaho and out of her living nightmare.

Filled with maturity and grace, Rosie’s memoir continues the compelling story begun in ETCHED IN THE SAND. Both sisters are able to write about a past that would have destroyed most of us down, certainly scarred us. Perhaps writing is part of their healing.

I remember being intrigued to read ETCHED IN THE SAND because I’m also from Long Island and the oldest sister. I found it so sad, but I also found a hero in Regina, and now Rosie, as well. Rosie was fiercely protective of her siblings when they were all young, and carries guilt for not doing more.

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Regina CalcaterraAbout Regina Calcaterra

Regina Calcaterra, Esq. is the bestselling author of Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island, which has been integrated into academic curriculums nationwide. She is a partner at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz and is a passionate advocate for children in foster care.

Find out more about Regina at her website, connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.


Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow Publishing we have one copy of GIRL UNBROKEN to giveaway. Just tell us about a story you’ve ever read about child abuse and what you learned from it. We’ll announce a winner next Monday, October 31st on Halloween day.


10 thoughts on “GIRL UNBROKEN by Regina Calcaterra & Rosie Maloney & GIVEAWAY

  1. A Child Called It was a heart-breaking story, but so well-done. Not sure it changed me; I’ve always been an advocate for Children, maybe it reinforced my ideas.

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    1. Have you read the new novel MISCHLING? It’s about a set of twin sisters who were in Mengele’s “Zoo” in Auschwitz. I finished it a couple of weeks ago, and will be putting up a review soon. I needed time to process it.


  2. I can’t think of any other than bits and pieces from various Stephen King stories. I did know children from real life when I was growing up and I ache now for every child who is abused.

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  3. Just finished Secret Sister. Its a great read and a surprise ending although my witchy tendencies guessed. Its about an adult who suppressed her child abuse her whole life until it had to come out to save her daughter and brother. It affected and changed everyone’s life by her secret and she was in her 40’s before it came out what happened. Some people can live with the hurt and think they are doing the right thing by not coming forward when they are abused.It changes everyone around them!

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  4. A mother and father in Hbg, PA were arrested last year after their son with special needs passed away. They had him locked in a room with no access to a bathroom and we’re basically starving him. It forced the local CYS to change their procedures…ust a heart breaking thing that parents would treat their children that way.

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