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What would you do, if your mother had a secret that she kept from you?
This is my story, what's your's?

What would you do, if your mother had a secret that she kept from you?

Meet Jessica Pearce Rotondi, a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. Her work has been published by The History Channel, TIME, Vogue, Reader’s Digest, Salon, Atlas Obscura, HuffPost, and Refinery29. Previously, she was a senior editor at HuffPost and a staff member at the PEN American Center, the world’s oldest literary human rights organization. When she was 21, her mother was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her mom died two years later. After her passing, Jessica uncovered boxes of letters, declassified CIA reports, and newspaper clippings in her mother's closet. These documents brought to light a family ghost: her uncle Jack, who disappeared during the CIA-led “Secret War” in Laos in 1972. The letters lead her across Southeast Asia in search of the truth that has eluded her family for decades. What she discovers takes her closer to the mother she lost and the mysteries of a secret war that changed the rules of engagement forever. She wrote a book ' What We Inherit' documenting her journey in search of truth, and was able to live her mother's grief over losing her brother, which in turn gave Jessica the strength to overcome her grief over losing her mother. "Say what's on your mind, what's in your heart when you want to say it. You never know if we are gonna get a second chance." #whatweinherit #laos #secretwar #laossecretwar #motherdaughter #motherdaughterlove #lostmothertocancer #declassified #cia #historychannel #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #huffingtonpost #refinery29 #vogue #atlasobscura #newyork #brooklyn #southeastasia #jessicarotondie #salmanrushdie #oprahmagazine #mystory #thisismystory
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