is the 2022 RESILIENCE category WINNER of the Memoir Prize for Books!

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“Heartbreakingly beautiful and genuinely unforgettable.”

—Sue William Silverman, 

author of How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences


Seven-year-old Leslie has a serious problem. Someone is trying to kill her. She and her little brother must confront the stark reality of living with their mother’s raging psychosis. Other family members try to help, but they are no match for the violence and unpredictability that comes with mental illness. Once in foster care, Leslie learns that life doesn’t improve just because she’s free of her mom. All seems lost . . . until one simple and unexpected question changes Leslie’s world forever.

When I Was Her Daughter is a found-family story of compassion and forgiveness. With raw honesty, Ferguson depicts her journey through madness, loss, and a broken child-welfare system where only the lucky and most resilient succeed.


The bestselling debut memoir is available now!

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12 thoughts on “Memoir”

  1. Shannon Tedder

    I’m so happy for you. What unbelievable Courage you have Leslie❤️ I look forward to reading your book.
    Much love and support

  2. Shannon! Thank you so much!!! I appreciate you stopping by to check out my website. Thank you for your support. Be well, my friend!

  3. Joe Castorena

    This is a heart-felt memoir which is written with incredibly honest details about her fears and hopes for her brother and self. Leslie Ferguson takes you on a sad journey through her life and teaches us how to keep hope alive. It is a must read if you love survival stories.

  4. barbara moody

    I admire this author’s courage and resulting raw truthfulness of the child, through the eyes of the adult.
    ….. A thoroughly enjoyable read, with lessons to be learned throughout if the reader is willing.
    Thank you for the gift of this read Leslie Ferguson.

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