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Etched in Sand

A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island
Narrated by: Regina Calcaterra
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets and how she and her savvy crew of homeless siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse.

Regina Calcaterra's emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together.

Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

©2013 Regina Calcaterra (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jackie
  • Gravesend, United Kingdom
  • 14-12-16

Courage and survival that will humble your heart

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I have listened to both sister's books and come away a bit ashamed to consider my own life challenges as quite as difficult as before. The ability to survive not only in tact but to have come as far as these sisters and brother have...and with the willingness to share their story has changed my heart forever and i am blessed to have listened to both books.

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  • Jo L.
  • 14-09-16

Big eye-opener about our Foster Care system

This non-fiction book was very disturbing in a very
inspiring way. This story will stay with me a long time.
We need to pay attention!

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  • JPisme
  • 23-08-14

A wonderfully told story

Would you consider the audio edition of Etched in Sand to be better than the print version?

The Audio version was great, did not read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

That it was a raw, true, emotional story told by the real character herself.

Which character – as performed by Regina Calcaterra – was your favorite?

Regina herself without a doubt.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I was often angry, afraid, happy and sad.

Any additional comments?

This book will hook you from the very start.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-06-14

Amazing story .Could not put it down.

Would you listen to Etched in Sand again? Why?

Yes .. the story was voiced in such a way you wanted to reach out and hug those kids and never let them live like that again.

What did you like best about this story?

Over and over she constantly climb up and out of so much cruelty.And had such unbelievable courage and faith to keep going when a lot of others would have gave up.

Have you listened to any of Regina Calcaterra’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Heart went out to kids..babies had such a horrifying mother.very sad.but very encouraging.

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This story will always stay with me.

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  • Nana x 3
  • 14-08-17

*Against All Odds*

One would never guess from looking at the successful adult that Regina Calcaterra is, that her childhood was a wretched life of abuse and neglect at the hand of an alcoholic mother. She and her sisters and brother suffered endlessly, going without food or a place to live and being beaten often. They were tossed in and out of foster homes throughout their childhoods. But somehow the bond of love held them together through it all. Regina, who has the heart of a pit bull: loyal, stubborn, fierce, and determined, fought her way out of that life of tragedy so that she could someday help others like her. I have had numerous foster children in and out of my home, but none with a story so tragic as Regina's. With all the odds stacked against her, Regina was still able to pull herself out of that wretched life and cross the street to the other side, where the grass is greener and life is good. I applaud you Regina!

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  • Angela
  • 29-04-14

Inspiring!

What did you love best about Etched in Sand?

The story is so well told, I feel like I know Regina and her siblings!

What did you like best about this story?

You will walk away feeling inspired by Regina's heart and determination!

What does Regina Calcaterra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

When she calls her little sister Rosie, "Mia bambino", you can hear her heart and love for her sister.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love that they all have their own individual happy endings but they stay a family.

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  • Patrick Trainor
  • 20-10-18

Love Endures

I have read both books but really want to read Girl Unbroken again as I just finished Etched in Sand. Imagine my surprise and shock when while at camp at the Running of the Sheep in Ketchum barely a week ago, I am talking to my friend about some issues in my own life (she is a retired counselor and wonderful lady...) and I told her that while driving from the Oregon Coast to my home in Idaho, I finished an audible book. I told her about Etched in Sand and she is the adoptive mother of Rosie! She reminded me of Girl Unbroken, which I read a couple of years ago... Can you believe it? So, I am rereading Girl Unbroken again so that I can better embrace the sequence of events and share with my friend. Life is so unpredictable and I am always amazed at how things can change when you least expect it. These girls survived a harrowing experience and I can attest to the love and commitment of my friend. I hope to share this with my bookclub...

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  • Jeanne Luma
  • 17-08-17

A must read of hope and determination!<br /><br />

This book grabbed me from the beginning. Anyone who has suffered rejection from a parent and is forced to raise themself and their siblings will find
strength, courage, and most of all hope in this beautifully narrated true story.

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  • Stefanie Jensen
  • 30-05-14

I love the sound of Regina's voice

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I love books that are read by the author. Regina was the only narrator that could have told this jaw dropping history. I love her accent, it made me connect to her story that much more. I wanted to reach back in time and help her. This book is excellent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-19

An eye-opener for change!

As a foster "Gran-T" it saddens my heart that we....the foster parents have made such a bad name for ourselves. Instead of a group of people who are known for their great love and care of children we are making children feel they are "rent a kids", unloved and abused at a whole different level. We are known as a selfish, uncaring group looking for a paycheck. That can change!!

The "system" is another change that needs to be.made!! Children should be protected nationwide. The state to state "jurisdiction" must somehow end!! The bureaucracy must STOP!! I could not believe that Jesse could not be protected even with such evidence. I cannot believe that today a young 9 year old who has always lived with his grandparents, later stripped from his home to live with a recovering drug addict daddy is now in foster care! His dad, unable to refrain from the drugs that bound him for so many years was arrested. They did not put him back with "gannie" (where he begged to go)....instead he was fostered and found trying to hand himself!! Did they (the powers that be) send them to "gannie" ....No.....he was sent to a mental institution kicking and screaming and then to a behavioral "school" hours from home. They say his 8 year old sister is "acting out" and will "be next"!! In 2019 the care of foster children is as flawed as in 2012. This child will probably never have a book written about him and chances are statistically the ending will be grim.

Thank you for telling your story! I can't say I "enjoyed" it in any way. Sometimes I just wanted to put it away. However, maybe it has sparked a righteous anger in me that will motivate me to make a difference. No child should endure that life.....not one!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-04-19

Etched in Sand

I really enjoyed this book. I also lived though a lot of abuse, and ended up in foster care. This book brought back a lot of bad memories, but just like these 5 sibling I also made it. I'm 69 now, and have made it through to the other side.

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