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The Eleventh Summer

The Eleventh Summer 

is a
true story of a courageous 
eleven year old girl locked 
in an emotional battle for 
survival with her suicidal 
alcoholic mother. Love and 
faith play an important role 
as she triumphs over the 
traumatic events of the 
summer of 1967.

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One Story.  One Purpose.  One Voice.  
The Eleventh Summer is just one story among 
millions.  Sarah Norkus tells her story for the purpose 
of raising awareness of the secret lives of desperation 
that children with substance-abusive parents lead 
every day.  They are all around us.  Together we can 
make a difference.  Together we can give a voice to 
children of alcoholics.  The following is an excerpt from 
the preface:  

    My purpose in writing my story is to reach out 
    with empathy to anyone who ever suffered 
    abuse at the hand of an alcoholic parent.  I want 
    you to know that you are not alone.  Although I 
    had no voice when I was a child, I do now.  If 
    there is no human presence to encourage or 
    comfort you, God is always there to love you and 
    ease your suffering.  I believe all those who 
    read my "coming of age" journey will come 
    away with compassion in their hearts for the 
    children in these circumstances, a sense of 
    pride in their own accomplishments, and the 
    realization that no problem is insurmountable.

The Opportunity
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics states there are more than 
twenty-eight million Americans who are children of alcoholics; nearly eleven million of 
them are under the age of eighteen.  These children are all around us - many 
desperate for a helping hand that they do not know how to find.  This is an issue that 
needs addressing and intervention.  We can, and must make a difference for these 
families.  Their future, and ours, is in the balance.  Please visit the following websites 
for more information on how you can help.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics
phone: 301.468.0985
Adult Children of Alcoholics
phone: 310.534-1850
Alcoholics Anonymous
phone: 212.647.1680
Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration
phone: 800.662.4357