The tragedy of children — Interview with June Pierce author of Neglected Cries

The test of survival lies within one’s character, and, yet, experiences can jade you and change life forever. Bea and Bobby McCreary’s chances to experience the life their mother had hoped for them became dimmer and dimmer as sacrifice and starvation crept in. Post-World War II circumstances led their mother, Lottie, to the point of desperation where she sunk to depths she never could have imagined. It was a world turned upside down where morals and ethics played a smaller part. It was only satisfying their hunger and staying alive that became their daily mission in life. This story, inspired by true events, happened not only for Bea and Bobby but for thousands of other children whose families felt that survival seemed possible — only if their children were handed over to orphanages to foster their care. What a rude awakening and choice it would be — an orphanage, a workhouse-or the street-if these children survived at all.

About the author

June Kelley Pierce is a retired Special Education teacher with a Master’s Degree in both Education and Special Education. She also has as an Undergraduate Degree is Sociology and Psychology. A native of Northern New York, Pierce has made her home in the Mid-Hudson Valley. This is Pierce’s first book of short stories. She has three other novels to her credit — her first book, Keeping Secrets, its sequel, Restitution, and her latest novel, Misunderstood. In 2019, Pierce published her first book of poetry, Painful Truths: A Memoir in Verse. She has also published a series of seven books for children, each focusing on a different social skill, along with a life-skills guide for parents and teachers. Pierce is a folk artist and restorer and has worked in the Hudson Valley for the past forty years.

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