More Than Everything: A riveting true story of the author’s run from the FBI where she ends up in Alaska working on a cattle ranch for room and board. It is the summer of 1985 and it has been a long time since Vanessa has done anything for which she can be proud. Suddenly she finds herself fighting for her life with nothing left but the clothes she’s wearing and a new pair of boots.
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“It’s hard enough translating thoughts into words for the printed page. Vanessa has taken several years’ worth of tangled emotions and memories — experiences she’d no doubt prefer to forget — and arranged them into a gripping story that will pull you in, and just won’t let go. I typically take days, weeks, or even months, to work my way through a book. I read this one in less than twenty-four hours. I didn’t want it to end, and yet, right up until the last page, I couldn’t wait to find out where this amazing adventure would finally lead. The writing is tight and layered and richly textured. I’d recommend it to anyone who loves to read.” – Author, Charles Gulotta
“The story told by Vanessa Foster in “More Than Everything” was absolutely riveting! The imagery was so beautiful and real that I felt like I was living every moment with her. I’m an avid reader and I would gladly recommend this book to anyone. I enjoyed the book so much, I purchased one for a very good friend and one for my Mom. The three of us can’t wait for her next book!” – Katy Durkee
“This memoir packs a punch, about a young woman who is forced to fell from the FBI after her husband’s drug lab is raided. The literary prose is stunning, and the story is haunting. Beginning with being stranded in the far North, the story is told in reverse which makes this true story confusing to read in small time periods of several chapters. Just settle in and make time to absorb this one over several hours. It’s hard to put down.” – N. Bright
“Vanessa Foster’s account of a misguided youth, fleeing the FBI from Texas all the way to Alaska, is everything a great memoir should be. It’s a love-crazed and drug-twisted adventure where one mishap after another unravels her world until little remains, but a helpless wish for grace and a humbled reliance on the aid of culinary angels. It’s also a poetic search through the colorful, but frayed and fading pieces of a once hopeful reality. She gropes desperately for a thread of meaning while fumbling with her exhilarating lover in his schizophrenic downward spiral. With all hopes, dreams, family, and innocence seemingly lost, she is finally relented with a gift of grace, illuminated with spiritual truth, and crowned a woman. In losing almost everything, she gains something that is more.
Vanessa Foster delivers all the things we seek from a good story – escape, adventure, entertainment, spiritual retreat and self-discovery. And it’s all true.
As a wanna-be writer, I have to envy her. The book reminded me of The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It’s not a similar story, but she’s similar in her ability to break all the rules of writing in eloquent service of honesty and poetic truth. Like McCarthy, she dismisses quotation marks from dialog in a way that makes the words of others somehow also her own – a technically challenging feat that paints every external scene with vivid emotions from her own mind – her own experience of each moment. In this, she enables us to feel what she felt and to see things as she saw them. We become her. We become who she was, and then we become with her as she changes into something new. Ultimately, we are left with the memory of an experience that might as well have been our own – complete with its hard-earned rewards, and yet all under the safety of our bedside reading lamp.
Today, finding a good book, much less a great one, is a difficult task; they are few and far between. But if you’re anything like me, I think you’ll find that Vanessa Foster’s More Than Everything is at least more than many.” – Author, Cody Burleson
Author Biography: Vanessa Foster has considered herself a writer since the age of nine when she felt the need to hide in trees with a notebook or scrap of paper and write her thoughts and “make up poems”. She is one of four daughters and grew up an Air Force “brat”; the family moving at least ten times before she graduated high school. For her next project, she hopes to work with her sisters, sharing stories from their childhood from each of their perspectives.