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Apocalypse Child

Apocalypse ChildA Life in End Times

For the first thirteen years of her life, Flor Edwards grew up in the Children of God. The group's nomadic existence was based on the belief that, as God's chosen people, they would be saved in the impending apocalypse that would envelop the rest of the world in 1993. Flor would be 12 years old.... more

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For the first thirteen years of her life, Flor Edwards grew up in the Children of God. The group's nomadic existence was based on the belief that, as God's chosen people, they would be saved in the impending apocalypse that would envelop the rest of the world in 1993. Flor would be 12 years old. The group's charismatic leader, Father David, kept the family on the move, from Los Angeles to Bangkok to Chicago, where they would eventually disband, leaving Flor to make sense of the foreign world of mainstream society around her. Apocalypse Child is a cathartic journey through Flor's memories of growing up within a group with unconventional views on education, religion, and sex. Whimsically referring to herself as a real life Kimmy Schmidt, Edwards's clear-eyed memoir is a story of survival in a childhood lived on the fringes.

 

My memoir Apocalypse Child is about a girl (me) who grows up in an apocalyptic cult in Southeast Asia. She lives under the control of a dictator-like leader who controls his twelve thousand followers from his top-secret hiding place. Flor never sees the leader and grows up never knowing she will live to see adulthood. Instead, her future is painted with the promise of a lush heaven precluded by a torturous death because she is one of God’s chosen children who will save the world before the Great Apocalypse when she will be twelve years old. Despite the terror Flor faces, she manages to see beauty around her. But her life is once again jolted when the leader dies and Flor is thrust into the throes of mainstream society and left to make sense of it all.

 

Flor Edwards is an author and lives in Los Angeles, California. By age twelve, Flor had lived in 24 different locations across three continents. Always on the move to escape the Antichrist and in...more

Reviews

Edwards grippingly chronicles her bizarre childhood within a California cult in her smart debut. This is a wrenching testimony about a complicated childhood reclaimed.

Publishers Weekly

Flor Edwards’s APOCALYPSE CHILD is an engrossing account of growing up within the strangely insular Children of God cult. With expressive yet measured candor, Edwards conveys her sense of identity confusion and outrage during a time of readjustment, as well as her eventual journey to greater self-acceptance and spiritual peace."

Foreword Reviews

The moving story carries a muted, often dark sense of humor, with a wry sense of timing... An impressive religious memoir—candid and inspiring without being sensationalistic or self-pitying.

Kirkus Reviews

An astounding work written with indelible clarity and style. Apocalypse Child is a brilliant and vivid depiction of what goes on behind the walls of a cult—revealing how terror permeates each and every waking moment. Flor Edwards is a wise and savvy soul who was forced to dance the dance—intuitively knowing it was wrong—but also knew she had to do everything in her power to be set free. A singular achievement.

Diana Raab, author of Regina’s Closet and Writing for Bliss

As a child, when given spending money for the first time, Flor Edwards purchased a pen. She wasn’t allowed to use it—the cult she grew up in didn’t allow for individual creative expression—but she carried it around like a totem. How lucky we are that she wields a pen now, that she has claimed her own voice, that she has found the perfect words to share her compelling, unconventional story.

Gayle Brandeis, author of The Art of Misdiagnosis