LISA BLUME has been a principal and executive producer of public service media and research projects for more than thirty years, focused on hunger, child and maternal health, education, environmental protection, and numerous socially beneﬁcial eﬀorts. Her projects have been supported in the past by the White House, members of Congress, and local governments and agencies. Her public service campaigns have been honored by Women in Film Nell Shipman Awards, Addy Awards, Telly Awards, The New York Festivals, London International Advertising Awards, Global Awards, and others. In recent years, her primary focus has been on issues of global sustainability and ensuring basic needs, rights, and protection for all children. She lives with her husband in Seattle. This is her ﬁrst novel.
"I hope this novel will help adults to experience life as a very young child who needs them does." Lisa Blume
Little Girl Leaving: A Novel Based on a True Story
“A harrowing read, and it should be . . . enlightening . . . A disturbing and illuminating tale.”
The 1960s have come to a close—it’s 1972, and America is changing. So is Deidi’s world; she’s seven, and her family is moving. As she packs her room and unearths precious objects from her past, her thoughts begin to stray to the years before—to her first memories in 1968, and all that followed.
From these reveries unfolds a story of terrible abuse and incredible survival. We see Deidi grow from a three-year-old whose understanding of the world is just beginning to form to a child whose courage, compassion, and sense of wonder persist despite every obstacle. Through her vivid recollections, the stark landscape of rural America, the political and social turmoil of the era, and the brutal power dynamics of adults come into sharp focus. Deidi’s story reveals the darkness roiling beneath the surface of American life and the way children are forced to confront it themselves, weaponless and alone. For Deidi, whose family continues to fall into deeper and darker cycles of sexual abuse and violence, survival is a matter of clinging desperately to the light in the world around her—no matter how dim it grows.