Single Mother: A New York Story

by Phaedra V. Damianakos



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 08/04/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781585004171

About the Book

All alone in her life for the first time, a woman badly abused and neglected is forced to rely on herself for the family's survival. Beginning her teaching career in the early '60s, the start of the civil rights movement, in East Harlem, she saw that fuel was added to the tumult of those days by the teacher strike which shocked the community. She left upon the birth of her daughter, Anastasia, in 1972.

She then spent a year in Athens, Greece, confronting unknown places and customs, tasting both bitter and sweet experiences. Upon her return to New York City, she began the uphill fight against abuse and tried to re-establish her life and her career and raise her young children. A dramatic appearance in court followed. In 1991, she had the experience of seeing her daughter, Anastasia, awarded the Journalist of the Year Award upon her graduation from Fordham University.

About the Author

Phaedra Vasiliki Damianakos graduated from the Hellenic Cathedral School of the Holy Trinity in 1957. She completed her B.A. at Hunter College in 1964 as well as her M.S. in Education. She was a teacher with the New York City Board of Education for over thirty years. She works at the United Federation of Teachers and tutors students at Hunter College. She writes for the newspaper Able.

She presently lives in New York City with her two daughters, Anastasia and Maria.