This is the story of two sisters and their siblings, living with a mother you may not believe could actually be a real person. As a retired Social Worker, I can tell you these situations do in fact exist The public is often unaware of the neglect and abuse that goes on in their own communities. In defense of Social Workers, the laws in Wisconsin would not have prevented more involvment than in the state this case took place in. What is harder for me to believe, than their case and what happend to them, is the amazing way the girls were able to overcome their childhood experiences.
If you can read about some sad and deplorable situations you will be rewarded with a unbelievable outcome given what happened to these girls. This part of the story, unfortunately, is not what usually happens in real life. ( I can also reccommend another memoir similar to this one : A Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls)