Surviving – A Kent State Memoir

308 Pages
ISBN 9781620063194

A student's memoir of the events surrounding the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970... In a stunning parallel to our own times, this memoir of the late Sixties and early Seventies, Surviving: A Kent State Memoir, explores the turbulent era of the War in Vietnam, domestic violence, and a young woman's triumph in face of great danger and great loss.

In an era as divisive as today's, she witnessed one of the events that became a turning point in public sentiment toward the War in Vietnam. On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen fired on students protesting the invasion of Cambodia at Kent State University, killing four students and injuring nine. Standing thirty yards in front of the Guard when they began firing, she escaped with her life.

This uplifting journey follows her from her years as a naïve Catholic schoolgirl through her time at Kent State to her development as a journalist and mother.

She heals in the weeks following May 4, as she awaits the birth of her baby. Her due date nears but problems arise as her husband becomes increasingly violent. Rejected by her family and without societal protections against marital abuse in place today, she is on her own. In an unexpected turn of events, she is freed from danger, only to have to learn to survive on her own.

Paula Stone Tucker

About Paula Stone Tucker (Akron, Ohio Author)

Paula Stone Tucker

Paula Stone Tucker was 30 yards in front of the National Guard when they fired into a crowd of students on May 4, 1970 at Kent State University. A retired clinical psychologist, she worked with families, couples, and survivors of trauma and abuse. In her younger days she was a reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal and the Daily Kent Stater. She grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and graduated from Kent State University. She splits her time between northeast Ohio and The Villages, Florida where she writes, plays the flute and is learning to play golf. Her first book, Surviving: A Kent State Memoir, is the Silver Medal Award winner in the Memoir and Biography category of the Florida Writers Association 2019 Literary Award Competition.

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