Review & Giveaway: Out From the Underworld by Heather Siegel


•Publisher: Greenpoint Press
•Release date: April 30, 2015
•220 pages

Heather Siegel was six years old when her mother disappeared, sending her father into a tailspin that took Heather and her siblings down with him— from a comfortable suburban home to a barely habitable basement apartment, a dark world they soon found themselves fighting to return to from the exile of foster care, then fighting even harder to escape.

Forty years later, Heather Siegel tells the remarkable story of how she and her siblings, Jaz and Greg, banded together to find out what happened to their mother and fight their way Out From the Underworld with nothing but their wits, determination, unbreakable bonds and gifts for humor and compassion to sustain them. A wrenching, inspiring story filled with heartbreak, hope and love, Out From The Underworld will move you to laughter and tears.

Wow!!! I have to say this story left me shredded. How could a parent voluntarily place their children in foster care? How could a mother walk out on her children, tearing the family apart? How would the children fare from the abuses suffered from foster care as well as from family? Yes, you read correctly, Heather Siegel shares her heartbreaking story of an unimaginable childhood.

A story of resilience, inspiring through utterly tragic circumstances. I shed plenty of tears as I tore through this book. I was left with completely empathy for Heather, admiration as well, she pulled through surviving what very well could have destroyed her. Enduring what no child should.

Heather Siegel clearly shares her story in a solid and compelling fashion as she revisits childhood through adulthood. Her descriptive style leaves you feeling as if you are a helpless fly on the wall observing all the chaos, unable to shelter and help these innocents, your hands bound. Painfully heartbreaking story. Heather Siegel possesses strength and resilience. Quite a moving and memorable story.

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Heather Siegel holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from The New School. Her work has appeared on and in The Mother Magazine and Author Magazine, as well as in various trade publications. She was a finalist for the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Award in Nonfiction Writing, the 2011 San Francisco Writers Conference Nonfiction Writing Award, the Carolina Wren Press 2012 Doris Bakwin Award and the 2012 Kore Press First Book Award. A multi-creative person with interests in the arts, nutrition, health and beauty, she has founded several independent businesses, including a coffeehouse, a café, an organic juice bar and a natural beauty bar. She currently lives with her husband, Jon, and daughter, Julia, in the woods of Long Island in a house filled with light.

Connect with Heather: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter


Enter to win one of five print copies of Out from the Underworld and a music CD from Greg Fine (Open to USA & Canada). Thanks so much to iRead Book Tours for organizing this great tour. Don’t forget to visit the other stops on this tour by clicking on the iRead Book Tours banner.



11 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: Out From the Underworld by Heather Siegel

  1. It’s obvious this is a deeply emotional read. But it’s always wonderful to see they’ve survived from such horrors. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com


    • I know this story is going to cost me some heavy tears but in the telling of such circumstances into childhood with the results being survival. In other words The HEA we all look forward to in reading.
      Carol L


  2. I’ve been reading about this book on the internet and the more I learn the more I want to read it. It is piquing my curiosity!


  3. This sounds like it will be an emotional read for anyone to read. I can’t imagine living it, and I do know there are a lot of children who have and do. I have already put it on my TBR list to check out and purchase.

    Judy Cox


  4. I would like to win this book, because I love a good read that can make me laugh and cry. It sounds like a great book.


  5. I want to win this book because it sounds like a fantastic story. I want to know what happened to their mother!


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