Liz Johndrow, the original third Rainbow Girl, was one of the first people I talked to. She told me that while she wasn’t physically harmed by these events, she was traumatized and carried a lot of survivor’s guilt. And for me, that idea was the entryway into the project. I also realized that if I was going to research this as a larger story I would have to talk about my own time in West Virginia. I also realized that if my story was going to be in the book, I wanted to make my own biases, blind spots, and insight visible to the reader.
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