Carol Sorkin Hunter’s life seems fitting for the pages of a memoir: she survived electrocution, rubbed elbows with Hollywood’s elite, overcame poverty and food addiction, and traveled the world. She’s also a mother, wife, and accomplished artist and writer.
“A Divine Accident: A Memoir of Life, Love and Learning” is Hunter’s story in her own words. The Bloomfield Hills resident, who is 83 years old, released the 312-page book in February. It is available on Amazon for $15.
“Words are power and that’s why I wrote the book,” she said. “My life has been transformed to one that was lacking purpose to one that is filled with grace and understanding. Whatever I can contribute to the world, I’m happy to do it.”
In the book, she chronicles her life journey, beginning with some noteworthy childhood events. At age eight, she was electrocuted in a freak accident. Daughter of famed musician Barney Sorkin, Hunter hobnobbed with entertainers and musicians -including Elvis – while living a “princess childhood,” she said.
The life of a coddled Hollywood child left Hunter unprepared for the realities and challenges of adulthood. Hunter divorced twice, and was forced to live in poverty while raising her twin daughters. She found relief while indulging in sweets, and later developed a food addiction. She managed to support herself and her twin daughters by mastering calligraphy and scripting printed materials.
An accomplished painter, Hunter studied at the Art Center in Los Angeles and later traveled throughout Europe, having even lived in Rome for some time. She sold an edition of lithographs to Associated American Artists, and was commissioned by Wayne State University for a painting that’s in the Institute of Gerontology. Another painting, titled “Crucifixion,” is housed in the Kennedy Library.
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