Although many parallels exist between the following text and the life of its writer, the following should be seen as a fiction. No family's history can fairly be told from a single vantage point. Others would no doubt tell a radically different story.
I write the following goaded by the the Gospel of Thomas: "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."