The Rope Swing is the story of one woman’s attempt to save her aging Hippie mother from drug addiction. Candace Kearns Read’s memoir tells the story of her days as a Hollywood script reader and production assistant trying to save her mother from losing her house, her mind and her life, and the compassionate detachment she finds that enables her to save herself instead. Published by Eagle Wings Press (August 2016).


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