Life of a Bastard Vol.1
Book Series by Damien Black
Illustrations by Laura Caiafa
Born in Spanish Harlem in 1972 to a teenage Puerto Rican mother and a black father, Javier Soto is a blemish on the face of American society. After a suspicious fire allegedly set by his mother, while his father serves time in prison, Javier and his sisters are removed from their home into foster care. This true story of Javier Soto’s life takes you on the soul-stirring journey of a young boy in the custody of a brutal world.
Beginning at the Catholic Home Bureau, Javier’s tale depicts the evolution of an innocent child into an enraged teenager as he battles his way through the perils of abuse, starvation, and neglect. Like thousands of American children who are driven into the foster care network Javier and his siblings are repeatedly shuffled through numerous foster homes, each one less welcoming than the last. Following eventual separation from his sisters, Javier is left to continue his crusade of survival alone.
An indelible account that tells of a boy’s anguish, self-loathing and an unsatisfied yearning for love that is the birthright of every child. With such little grounds for hope, how far will Javier go?
10% of Book Sales will be donated to the Foster Care Club
"This book vibrates a message that is hard to read but necessary to continue to understand. Along with books such as A Child Called It and A Bastard out of Carolina, it portrays the misfortune and hardships of children in the foster care system. The truth that Damien shares about his life as Javier is gut wrenching but we know it is real. “ Jennifer Buck ( Author of Dandelions )
"Life of a Bastard Vol.1 is an emotional, moving, poignant tale that needs to be read by everybody."-RED HEADED BOOK LOVER BLOG
"I have to admit that Life of a Bastard is very disturbing and painful story to read. I had to take breaks between chapters. I felt I needed to breathe, as the description of some abuses and violence were sometimes making it hard to continue. However, the author, who is also Javier Soto, has an excellent sense of humor and it helps. A sense of humor to speak about abuses!? You might think it is odd. Yes and no. But, this is another reason why I love that book.” -Stephanie Batailler ( Author & Filmmaker OhlalaLand Stories )