TO VEGAS AND BACK synopsis:
Suzanne R. Krauss seems like your average suburban mom – happy, involved in the community, and incredibly personable. No one would have ever guessed her past . . . a childhood filled with alcoholism, anti-Semitism, physical and sexual abuse, set in the backdrop of Las Vegas's underworld and glamorous casinos.
Olivia is a mother who leaves her life as a Philadelphia housewife behind and moves to Las Vegas to follow her dream. Among other setbacks, she encounters mobsters, casino owners, Ponzi schemers, but it is all worth it, when her dream becomes a reality and she lands the lead in the famous Les Follies Bergere at the Tropicana. Things move along well for months until Olivia meets a man she decides to marry . . . in just under three days . . . a man who nearly destroys her family over the course of six years.
Suzanne has shared her story for those who feel that they can't share theirs. She wants them to know they do not have to fall prey to their history - that they can rise above it to live productive, happy lives - and that relationships can and do heal.
Praise for TO VEGAS AND BACK:
"One of 13 books to cozy up with." - MORE Magazine
"It’s a riveting read." - Philadelphia Magazine
"Don't pass up this page-turner!" - Delilah Radio Show Host
“A riveting, gut-wrenching memoir tells in astonishing detail what went on behind the closed doors in Suzanne Krauss’ childhood home. This page-turner, To Vegas and Back is a true testament of her perseverance, resilient human spirit and how the unconditional love between a mother and daughter can lead to forgiveness and healing.” Laura Schroff, New York Times bestselling author of An Invisible Thread
"Many biographical tales on abuse focus on the violence done to them as revenge. Finally, a book that unabashedly tells the tale and offers hope, and the option to not let the abuse define you and your whole life." - Melissa Brail, LMFT, Program Director, Behavioral Health Division, JCS Florida