I Cried to Dream Again: Trafficking, Murder, and Deliverance -- A Memoir (Hardcover)

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At once disturbing and empowering, the memoir of a courageous woman who was abused, groomed, and trafficked for sex from age eleven to age sixteen, who then killed her trafficker/father figure and was sentenced as a juvenile to life in prison without parole

"I was eleven when I first met GG. I realized later that he had to have been aware of the chaos that was my life because he played me perfectly. I was walking home after school ... I heard a red Mustang purring like a huge lion behind me as I turned onto my block. When it caught up with me, a man leaned out of the window and motioned for me to come closer. 'Hey, excuse me,' he said. I approached the window and politely and cheerfully replied, ‘Yes?’ He said, 'I’ve been noticing you a lot, and I just want to talk to you. I’m gonna go get some ice cream and go to the park. I would love for you to come and join me. We won’t be gone long. Is that okay with you?' Ice cream! I found his offer irresistible. GG leaned over and opened the passenger door, 'What’s your name? People call me GG.' 'Sara,' I said shyly.'—from I Cried to Dream Again

About the Author

SARA KRUZAN is an American activist and survivor of sex trafficking. She is an advocate for sentencing reform and the human rights of incarcerated women and children. Sara and her daughter, Summer, live in California.
CORI THOMAS is an American writer. She is the Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at WP Theater in New York City and a New Dramatists resident playwright.


Praise For…

"As someone who has worked with trafficking survivors in the developing world, I am struck by how vividly Kruzan’s memoir shows us how easily these same atrocities take place, barely noticed, beneath the sophisticated veneer of life in the U.S. A brilliant and illuminating read."—Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and author of Mighty Be Our Powers

"I Cried to Dream Again is a must-read for anyone interested not only in the injustice of Juvenile Life Without Parole sentence but also in the strength of the human spirit. Kruzan’s memoir grips you from its first intense pages and keeps you there through the twists and turns of her rollercoaster story."—Ian Manuel, author of My Time Will Come

"What’s so striking about Sara Kruzan’s devastating story is how thoroughly the adults in her young life failed her. Kruzan, together with the acclaimed playwright Cori Thomas, brings you into the world of trafficking from the child victim’s standpoint and provides astonishing insight into the much-misunderstood sex trade in America."—Laura Day, author of Practical Intuition

"What is perhaps most extraordinary about Sara Kruzan’s memoir is its demonstration that a human being who has undergone the most horrendous trauma at an unimaginably young age can still evoke the child within her: to transform her prison cell into an afternoon at the ice-skating rink, or a day at the beach—and to bring her incarcerated friends on the joyride with her. I Cried to Dream Again is a vital account of hard truths, a battle cry for justice, and an anthem to hope."Kia Corthron, author of Moon and the Mars and The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

“A testament to both the capricious nature of the American criminal justice system and the power of hope, Kruzan’s book, co-written by Thomas, is a harrowing and eye-opening account . . . A must-read for parents, civil servants, and activists.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593315880
ISBN-10: 059331588X
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: May 10th, 2022
Pages: 208
Language: English