Picks and Pans Review: Fierce

updated 11/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Barbara Robinette Moss

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At the end of her popular 2001 memoir Change Me into Zeus's Daughter, Moss seemed to have escaped from the poverty and abuse that haunted her Alabama childhood. But as this heartfelt new book makes clear, escape was not so easy. Fierce details Moss's relationships with destructive men, her years as a single mother on food stamps and her struggle to put herself through art school, as well as her marriage to (at long last) a supportive husband. This memoir leaves readers hoping that if there is a next volume of Moss's life story, it will record the hard-earned rewards of her admirable courage.


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