Gritty and gripping, this is the story of the author Christine McDonald's journey from almost two decades of prostitution, crack addiction and prison to her present life of blindness, motherhood and happiness. She has survived brutality and discrimination with astonishing resilience and optimism. "Horrifying, heartbreaking, informative and inspiring." "A story from the heart...a riveting memoir." "An eye-opening view of life on the streets and beyond." "Cry Purple chronicles a shattered life, rebuilt through sheer determination, courage and faith." "The most inspiring story I've ever read. A must-read filled with hope."