About the Book
‘The Awakening – Story of a South African American’
The Awakening is part poignant memoir, part inspirational story. It tells the story of Carmel Foster, a South African American, whose personal experience are as heartbreaking as they are awe-inspiring.
Born a mixed-race child in Johannesburg, her very existence made her an “other”. From the moment she took her first breath, her life has been filled with struggles.
The daughter of a man who lived a lie as a closeted gay man, she was all too familiar with being uncomfortable in her own skin, but as life went on, her uncomfortableness would turn to shame for much darker reasons.
Follow Carmel’s story as she experiences horrific events that would stay with her for the rest of her life and yet somehow finds a way out of the darkness and turns her sorrows into a mission to help and inspire others like her.
The Awakening is for anyone who has ever felt like they didn’t belong, for anyone who has ever been victimized, and for anyone who seeks inspiration and hope after trauma.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” bg_image=”2874″ bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” id=”chapters” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeInUp” el_class=”chapters-heading”]
Chapters of Carmel’s Book
The Awakening – Story of a South African American
Below mentioned are the openings of each chapter for the readers to see how each chapter connects with the previous one and develop the story further. Place your order of the book today to start reading the full version now.[/vc_column_text]
THE AMERICAN WAY
It is 2018, and the United States of America has enforced an unstated policy of snatching children from their parents. It is hard to believe, but the entire world has witnessed the brutal scenes of forcibly separating children from their parents, which the country’s authorities have pronounced to be illegal. On the news, you might have watched the horrible footage of little children crying and screaming as they are led away by security officials. The process of separating children from their parents and then detaining them in warehouse-like camps or detention centers is not something that the United States of America would ever do. Or is it?[/vc_column_text]
Try as I might, I cannot term my childhood easy by any stretch of the imagination. When I go over the times that I experienced as a child, I find little to very few beautiful things to reminisce about. This is unlike so many people around me who idealize their childhoods. I don’t blame them for viewing their childhoods through rose-tinted glasses – after all, this is a simpler time of their life when they had to live without worry or fear; when there were others around to take care of them; and when they were responsible for nothing, not even their own actions.[/vc_column_text]
WHAT IS LOVE?
I lived in Zimbabwe in 1987, and that’s where I met my daughter’s father. He is an Indian born in Sri Lanka and have family all over the world, including London and India. When I had met him, we moved from Zimbabwe to South Africa, where I was born. No matter how much he wanted, he couldn’t love me the way he wanted to, mainly because of the arranged marriage.[/vc_column_text]
I CAN, AND I WILL
I married my best friend, my soul mate. Growing up, I was no different from anyone else; I had the image of a perfect married life in my mind, and when I met my husband, I knew it would come true.[/vc_column_text]
Strange Things I got back from my trip to Philadelphia. There, I saw many eye-opening scenes. It was going to be a stiff completion but, as it turned out, also an unfair one. There were so many field workers who worked around the clock. They had no contract so, of course, they were not paid for overtime. There were many promises that were made, but we weren’t paid for it, like gas and mileage.[/vc_column_text]
When I look back, I am able to see why I was treated the way I was in the U.S. It was because I was an immigrant and later a domestic worker. In truth, my struggles began as soon as I arrived in the country to start a new life with my then fiancé.[/vc_column_text]
In Pursuit of Happiness
When I pledged my allegiance to the American flag, there was just one specific question that I remembered in the exams. That question asked me to name one of the constitutions. Of course, I had spent too much time studying it, and so I remembered the specific one immediately: ‘The pursuit of happiness.’ However, now that I look at things, Trump’s administration has made everything so crazy that I am beginning to have doubts about my decisions.[/vc_column_text]
She is the Change
My Right as a Human Being Will Not Be Interfered Life in America has really been a challenge, especially in the dating arena. I fail to understand how the dating industry has turned into a business. Coming from a different country myself, dating a person who spends a lot of time with you, you would actually believe that people develop feelings. I grew really attached to this person, and I believed that he also developed feelings for me.[/vc_column_text]
THE AWAKENING – STORY OF A SOUTH AFRICAN AMERICAN
This book will serve as a great source of motivation and inspiration from the real-life story of Carmel Foster. The woman who earned the status she deserved. The journey from South Africa to the United States of America.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left” class=”booksec2″][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeInRight”]
Why Read It?
Story of a South African American
The inspiring story of a strong woman who migrated from her home country to the United States of America to a new beginning of her life.