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American Daughter

Stephanie Thornton Plymale

Warwick’s presents
Stephanie Thornton Plymale
in conversation with Jeniffer Thompson

American Daughter

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 4:00pm PST

American Daughter
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On Tuesday, January 12th at 4:00pm PST Warwick's will host Stephanie Thornton Plymale as she discusses her new book, American Daughter: A Memoir, in conversation with Jeniffer Thompson. Stephanie Thornton Plymale is the CEO of Heritage School of Interior Design and the founder of the Heritage Home Foundation, a non-profit serving families transitioning from homelessness. Stephanie calls Portland, Oregon, her home - a word imbued with much meaning, as she grew up without one. From living in a car on the beach with her five siblings to being isolated in the Dependent Unit of the State of California to a horribly abusive foster home, Stephanie never experienced a feeling of family during her childhood. Married at 19 to her high school sweetheart, Stephanie's desire for family roots helped her create a stable, loving marriage and a home for her two biological sons and adopted daughter. It also drove her to uncover the astonishing family secrets revealed in this memoir.

For 50 years, Stephanie Thornton Plymale kept her past a fiercely guarded secret.

No one outside her immediate family would ever have guessed that her childhood was fraught with every imaginable hardship: a mentally ill mother who was in and out of jails and psych wards throughout Stephanie's formative years, neglect, hunger, poverty, homelessness, truancy, foster homes, a harrowing lack of medical care, and ongoing sexual abuse.

Stephanie, in turn, knew very little about the past of her mother, from whom she remained estranged during most of her adult life. All this changed with a phone call that set a journey of discovery in motion, leading to a series of shocking revelations that forced Stephanie to revise the meaning of almost every aspect of her very compromised childhood.

​American Daughter is at once the deeply moving memoir of a troubled mother-daughter relationship and a meditation on trauma, resilience, transcendence, and redemption. Stephanie's story is unique but its messages are universal, offering insight into what it means to survive, to rise above, to heal, and to forgive.

Jeniffer Thompson is Creative Director and co-founder of the San Diego Writers Festival. She is an author branding expert, digital marketing strategist, and host of The Premise podcast. She is an author and speaker who delivers strategy-rich content and actionable tools that educate and empower authors. She is the founder and principal at Monkey C Media, an award-winning design firm specializing in book packaging, author websites, and digital marketing strategies.

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ISBN: 9780063054332
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Please contact store to confirm availability)
Published: HarperOne - January 12th, 2021