In mid-March 1994, Meredith writes, her former spouse kidnapped their two young daughters from Alaska and took them to his native country of Greece. Over the next two years, she tried to locate the girls and bring them back to her Alaska home, all while navigating a bureaucratic and legal labyrinth in a foreign culture. This book is a remarkably eloquent and harrowing account of a journey that would tax any parent. The book’s conclusion could hardly be a more resounding tribute to the human spirit. A unique perspective on a harrowing Greek odyssey. —Kirkus Reviews
Pieces of Me:
Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters
In 1994, Lizbeth Meredith said good-bye to her four- and six year-olddaughters for a visit with their non-custodial father only to learn days later that they had been kidnapped and taken to their father’s homecountry of Greece.
Twenty-nine and just on the verge of making her dreams of financial independence for her and her daughters cometrue, Lizbeth now faced a $100,000 problem on a $10 an hour budget. For the next two years fueled by memories of her own childhood kidnapping Lizbeth traded in her small life for a life more public, traveling tothe White House and Greece, and becoming a local media sensation inorder to garner interest in her efforts. The generous community o fAnchorage becomes Lizbeth’s makeshift family one that is replicated by a growing number of Greeks and expats overseas who help Lizbeth navigate the turbulent path leading back to her daughters.