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Leaving Shangrila

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Leaving Shangrila
Set in Brazil, France and the United States, an exotic is complicated by larger than life characters. A narcissistic mother laments her failed loves. A monumentally ineffectual father runs from trouble. A pathologically weak stepfather – and predator – leads a cult.

Isabelle and her sisters find themselves isolated in Shangrila, what should be a lush jungle paradise. In reality, it is a hell on earth. They struggle to survive in this corrupt adult world filled with manipulation, coercion, abuse and lies.
But this is not a story of terrible things. It is the story of strength and resilience in the face of tremendous adversity. It is the story of a young girl who makes extraordinary choices in order to overcome the limitations of her life.

An emotional and physical captive in Shangrila, Isabelle finds her freedom by applying her great intelligence toward duplicity. As necessity forces her to descend further and further to survive, she finds, even in this freedom, a prison of a different sort. She is completely and complexly human and a spectacular rebel to root for. This is a remarkable story of a girl, her transformation, and her eventual escape from Shangrila.

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