The Virago
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The Virago

The Friends Who Became My Sisters

I didn’t have many until I turned sixty.

Growing up, I had no sisters. I yearned, longed for one to share my dreams, secrets, and feelings. In a household of younger brothers, isolation and books became my siblings and my friends.

Living in an abusive and dysfunctional family, alcoholic violence ravaged my childhood. I retreated further into myself and…



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Debbie Walker

Debbie Walker is the creator of Middle-Pause, STOMP!, & published a 3-book anthology. Top Writer in Food. Follow her at