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A Key That Turned: Unlocking the Master Plan is a nonfiction memoir written by Gloria V. Key with Marc Hoberman. When Key’s mother became pregnant with her, she already had five daughters, and Social Services was threatening to take away her welfare benefits if she had any more children. Her mom did her best to hide the pregnancy and, when Key was born, she arranged for a friend to care for her new infant daughter. Any attempts made by Key’s mother to get her back from that friend fell on deaf ears. But for a house fire in which that friend died, Key’s story would have been far different.
Gloria V. Key’s nonfiction memoir, A Key That Turned: Unlocking the Master Plan, is a well-written and inspiring account of the challenges the author faced growing up and being responsible for the well-being of her children, nieces, and nephews. This frank and honest memoir is an upsetting read at times as I’ve never been able to reconcile being religious with feeling entitled to excessive corporal punishment of one’s children. Key’s pragmatic approach to life and her rebounding from that legacy of abuse is one of the triumphant messages of this book. Seeing how she manages to raise her extended family and further her career is so moving. I found myself unable to turn away from this book which was impossible to put down until I had finished the last page. A Key That Turned: Unlocking the Master Plan is most highly recommended!