Let the Tornado Come: A Memoir

Let the Tornado Come A Memoir From an award winning poet comes this riveting gorgeous memoir about a young runaway the trauma that haunted her as an adult and the friendship with a horse that finally set her free When she was e

  • Title: Let the Tornado Come: A Memoir
  • Author: Rita Zoey Chin
  • ISBN: 9781476734866
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From an award winning poet comes this riveting, gorgeous memoir about a young runaway, the trauma that haunted her as an adult, and the friendship with a horse that finally set her free.When she was eleven years old, Rita began to run away Her father s violence and her mother s hostility drove her out of the house and into the streets in search of a better life This soonFrom an award winning poet comes this riveting, gorgeous memoir about a young runaway, the trauma that haunted her as an adult, and the friendship with a horse that finally set her free.When she was eleven years old, Rita began to run away Her father s violence and her mother s hostility drove her out of the house and into the streets in search of a better life This soon led her into a dangerous world of drugs, predatory older men, and the occasional kindness of strangers, but despite the dangers, Rita kept running One day she came upon a field of horses galloping along a roadside fence, and the sight of them gave her hope The memory of their hoofbeats stayed with her.Rita survives her harrowing childhood to become a prize winning writer and the wife of a promising surgeon But when she is suddenly besieged by terrifying panic attacks, her past trauma threatens her hard won happiness and the stable, comfortable life she s built with her husband Within weeks, she is incapacitated with fear literally afraid of her own shadow Realizing that she is facing a life of psychological imprisonment, Rita undertakes a journey to find help through a variety of treatments It is ultimately through chasing her childhood passion for horses that she meets a spirited, endearing horse named Claret with his own troubled history and together they surmount daunting odds as they move toward fear and learn to trust, and ultimately save, each other.

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    1. I used to walk to and from work in Boston, and on my way, I noticed this tiny garden plot in the space between the sidewalk and the road. A small tree was starting to bud and some early spring flowers were blooming. The next day, for some reason, a crew of city workers were cutting down the tree and by the time I walked home again, the plot had been covered with blacktop. But around a week later, a tulip shot straight through it and bloomed. I had the image of that tulip in mind as I finished re [...]

    2. How a book about fear, about running away from a home filled with anger and hopelessness and despair becomes a story of courage, of truth and beauty and will, and of always reaching toward love--speaks to the prodigious talent and heart of the author, Rita Zoey Chin. Gorgeous and unflinching, this memoir tells the story of a harrowing journey through childhood into wisdom, into strength, and into joy. This is an incredible, compassionate, and absolutely thrilling book, filled with humor, warmth, [...]

    3. Read this review and many others on my blog For Such Love We Feel.I received this book free from NetGalley and Simon and Schuster as an advanced reader copy.Let The Tornado Come is a beautifully written, thought provoking novel that anyone can relate to. Rita Zoey Chin delivers a raw look back at her own life that is simultaneously sad and triumphant and left me wanting more of her insight and wisdom. Her narrative voice spoke to me in a way that few authors have been able to, and I felt a kinsh [...]

    4. When Rita Zoey Chin moved with physician husband, Larry, to a spacious, light-filled colonial-style home in rural Massachusetts, she felt she was finally putting a very difficult childhood and youth behind her. Her husband soon started a new, high-pressure job as director of neurosurgery at a Boston hospital, and Rita’s plan was to write at home. Alone in the house during the day, Rita felt her heart begin to race at such a clip that she made a 911 call. The paramedics appeared, confirmed that [...]

    5. A brave and courageous memoir: "Let the Tornado Come" authored by Rita Zoey Chin recalls her abusive childhood, her life on the streets as a teen runaway, later to find services in residential facilities. As a happily married wife, she faced an unrelenting panic disorder, as she was forced to confront her troubled past. An estimated 40 million Americans are affected by an anxiety disorder during their lifetime.Convinced she was having a heart attack, she dialed 911, only to discover she was havi [...]

    6. What a beautiful and heart wrenching story! As a fellow panic sufferer, I felt the author's pain as I read through this book, but I also felt myself grow stronger in the process. I think panic sufferers are actually braver than most people, because in order to get better, we are forced to confront our own fears--whether those fears are tangible, such as the fear of crowds or elevators, or intangible, such as our own thoughts (as in my case). Panic is paradoxical--to overcome it, we must first ac [...]

    7. (3.5) An affecting memoir of the author’s unstable childhood and adult anxiety disorder, this book reminded me of Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth or Take This Man by Brando Skyhorse. After a home life filled with physical and verbal abuse, Chin became a teenage runaway, trading sex for money, drugs or a place to stay. She bounced between detention centers and mental hospitals in suburban Maryland before finally kicking her cocaine habit and entering college to get an English degree. [...]

    8. I really meant to savor this book over the long weekend. Instead I tore through it, staying up late to finish it the first day. It was *that* good. Though the story itself isn't an easy read, the writing is beautiful, almost lyrical. For instance: On the day of my birth, I'm sure they were there--thunderous, rhythmic coming and and coming: hoofbeats.In short, this is an incredible memoir. While there are plenty of hard moments, the author's resilient spirit comes shining through, encouraging the [...]

    9. In Let the Tornado Come by Rita Zoey Chin, we are told about Rita's childhood which was rough to say the least. Now a married woman, she suffers panic attacks at every turn. This read like a novel only it's true! I loved this book and highly recommend it. I was drawn into her stories and found myself rooting for her to get help. Turns out an animal was a big help. What kind? You will have to read the book to find out! (Gerard's review)Let The Tornado Come by Rita Zoey Chin is a memoir about her [...]

    10. People hear the word 'abuse' and more often than not, think physical. But waitere's mored in mental and emotional, wrap it up in one package and you have a ticking time bomb. Wrap it all up in a beautiful female package and it becomes Rita. One can run from childhood trauma but there is no hiding, no escape, it's a part of who you are. Shove it away and it WILL burst out in one way or anotherBut there is more to this story, a story of struggle, strength, loss, confusion, choices, despair andlove [...]

    11. How a book about fear, about running away from a home filled with anger and hopelessness and despair becomes a story of courage, of truth and beauty and will, and of always reaching toward love--speaks to the prodigious talent and heart of the author, Rita Zoey Chin. Gorgeous and unflinching, this memoir tells the story of a harrowing journey through childhood into wisdom, into strength, and into joy. This is an incredible, compassionate, and absolutely thrilling book, filled with humor, warmth, [...]

    12. Confronted by seemingly unrelenting challenges, an extraordinarily courageous woman remains loving and hopeful in the face of dark forces that would incarcerate those with less spirit. With her astonishing voice, Rita Zoey Chin weaves an exquisite tapestry from the narrative threads of her life in this redemptive memoir as she heals herself, her horse, and her reader all at once.

    13. Just started the book, recommended by Jennifer, and I love it so far! It's completely captivating and engrossingRather than try to follow her life in chronological order, Rita switched back and forth, which saved her very sad story from getting too overwhelming. I couldn't help but feel empathy for her, her pain and betrayal by her parents was horrible. I couldn't feel anything but anger at our systems, that don't listen to the abused, but simply shuffle kids around like paper cut outs and don't [...]

    14. "Let the Tornado Come" by Rita Zoey ChinI just finished reading this wonderful book. Rita has a way of bringing the reader "in". I am pretty good friends with her sister (Joanne) which is how I initially learned of the book. A notoriously slow reader, a week into reading, I jokingly -- but not so jokingly -- told Joanne that the book feels so intimate that I felt like I was having sex with her! She laughed. But my point was, Rita has a prose that feels very intimate; she connects with her reader [...]

    15. In equal measures gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, humorous and inspirational, this memoir moved me in ways I could not have expected. I was drawn into Chin's story when I heard her interviewed on NPR. Though it took me about 6 months to actually pick up the book, I was amazed at how her courage, gusto, and fierce love and determination for something better came across just as clearly in writing as it had through her spoken word. Reading a poet's memoir, even with the difficult subject matter of ne [...]

    16. "Let the Tornado Come" is Chin's memoir of a childhood filled with abuse, her struggle on the streets as a runaway trying to survive, and how a horse named Claret helped her overcome her panic as an adult. I really enjoyed this book. I won it as a first reads giveaway. It is beautifully written. Chin's story is a sad one but one filled with hope. Chin endured a horrific childhood and came out the other side even stronger. Her story is inspiring. The book has a poetic feel to it. My favorite line [...]

    17. A tale of an abusive and heart-breaking childhood at the hands of two really awful parents. In her adult life, the author continues to suffer from PTSD and finds solace in riding horses. I have to admit that the horse-racing pieces (the "now") left me a bit lost. Not because the author isn't eloquent or details - she was both, but mostly because I just can't relate to horses as a way of therapy. That being said, it's a remarkable story. I just wish the author had detailed a bit more how she craw [...]

    18. A compelling story and fascinating about the condition of panic disorder and all the layers of life inbetween. I couldn't put the book down. I have had panic attacks in the past; not full blown, but now there is the matter of the freeways I don't drive. Hmmmm.A brave young woman, as I reader I loved her immediately. Her writing is excellent and the story is fascinating. Several women have been about the healing power of horses, and one at least besides Ms. Chin, lived in Boston. (my home town)I [...]

    19. I hesitated to read this book because of the difficult subject matter but several people recommended it so I took a deep breath and started reading. I finished it in two sittings. Right away I was struck by Rita Zoey Chin's beautiful writing and the skillful way she weaves the various threads of her story together. Rita Zoey Chin's story is one of survival, not just of the body but also of the spirit, and what a generous spirit she has. Though she has witnessed some of the worst things humanity [...]

    20. Written in lovely lyrical prose, Let the Tornado Come is a book about despair and joy, about fear and triumph. After one of the most horrible childhoods imaginable - both physically and emotionally - Rita struggles with immobilizing panic attacks, but with the help of her horse, Claret, and the kindness and patience of others, she learns to trust in herself and slowly overcome her anxieties. I thought this might be a slow read, but I finished it in a few days, wishing it were a bit longer.

    21. Beautiful prose and wonderful structure. Ker story is special because it is hers but this book really is for anyone who struggles with fear and panic. "Sometimes I have to be louder than the fear." Have been there myself, as have countless others. The detail in her struggle to overcome panic is inspiring and full of hope and her ability to see that love (for self and others) is stronger than fear is a tangible prescription. Well done.

    22. Confronted by seemingly unrelenting challenges, an extraordinarily courageous woman remains loving and hopeful in the face of dark forces that would incarcerate those with less spirit. With her astonishing voice, Rita Zoey Chin weaves an exquisite tapestry from the narrative threads of her life in this redemptive memoir as she heals herself, her horse, and her reader all at once.

    23. Confronted by seemingly unrelenting challenges, an extraordinarily courageous woman remains loving and hopeful in the face of dark forces that would incarcerate those with less spirit. With her astonishing voice, Rita Zoey Chin weaves an exquisite tapestry from the narrative threads of her life in this redemptive memoir as she heals herself, her horse, and her reader all at once.

    24. Amazing what the human spirit can overcome - my heart goes out to Rita . Her childhood was a train wreck and I'm interested in knowing more about her experiences . She has stories to share and she is amazingly honest . What a brave soul .

    25. I loved this book!! And, so eloquently written! It is amazing to me that the writer had so much hope coming from a miserable, abusive and hopeless situation. The author is a true testament of the power of the human spirit.

    26. There were moments when I almost decided to put this book down due to the graphic details and heavy nature of her abuse, yet it is so well written and threaded with the power of resilience and hope throughout that I could not leave her story.

    27. I had to write a review of this wonderful book because when a book lingers with me for days it is worth sharing a review with the world. I would like to say that I wish I had a Claret and a Larry :) Each are a rarity to have in one lifetime but both? Both are well deserved blessings!Ms. Rita, your childhood story is difficult to read and difficult to move on from after the last page of your book. Then there is the panic disorder. As if the childhood traumas were not enough then there is the terr [...]

    28. I happened across this book when I read a review in the Boston Globe, so I reserved it online at my local library. We'll I picked it up today, read it, and loved it. It's a memoir, a type of story I love, and it alternates chapters between her chapters on the violence and abuse she suffered as a child and the panic attacks she begins to endure at age 35. She is happily married and cannot understand the panic attacks, over the course of the book, she becomes more aware of their causes and she als [...]

    29. Let the Tornado Come: A Memoir by Rita Zoey ChinChin, a poet and author, is a victim of a very abusive childhood and as an adult is now paralyzed by panic attacks. The book is about the true journey she takes to heal along with the unshakeable support of her husband, who is a neurologist, and a special horse named Claret. One of the most beautifully written and gripping books I have read. . . in other words it pushed all my right buttons. 5 stars

    30. This was a stunning portrayal of Rita's harrowing childhood and her redemption. Stop what you are doing and read this book. If you are already reading a book right now, set it aside and start reading this book instead. I stayed up until 1:17 am reading this book because I was that enthralled. I haven't done that in a long time. Great, great read!

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