Penny Lane, author
When she’s abruptly snatched away from her home by a Hungarian father she does not know, four-year-old Penny finds herself in a strange, foreign household with a stepmother who alternately abuses and ignores her. Even after escaping that misery, she finds herself in yet another type of prison: fundamentalist Christianity. Ultimately, though, she finds the strength to stand up against societal and familial pressure and finds her way to happiness. A rise-from-the-ashes hero’s story of overcoming abuse, trauma, and unbearable odds, of being waylaid by both family and religion’s promise of love, and harnessing the resilience to find the way home, Redeemed, offers a rare window into immigrant culture and reads like a page-turning thriller. Especially relevant today, a time when marginalized people are increasingly finding a voice, this memoir will serve as an inspiration to women everywhere, encouraging them to overcome their obstacles and go after their dreams.