"This harrowing memoir gives voice to the inarticulate terror Silverman suffered as a child, when she could never find the right words to describe her situation. She has found them now."
“Readers of Silverman's wrenching memoir...are in for a rough emotional ride, but it is well worth it.”
“Silverman's lyric style transforms a ravaged childhood into a work of art. The book reads like a poem.”
—St. Petersburg Times
"Searing, brave, powerfully-written . . . Sue Silverman's memoir is about more than incest; it is about evil, about denial, about the great chasm between the public facade of a prominent, successful family and its painful reality, and it is about how, as in a Greek tragedy, a curse has been passed down through several generations. This book is the cry that shatters the curse."
—Adam Hochschild, author of Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son
"Silverman has a brave, piercing intelligence which transcends psychological explanations and does not require symbolism to convey a sense of what she went through. . . . She has learned exquisitely how to look at what she could not face and how to speak through those silences."
"Living, empowering proof that an orchid can bloom right up through concrete. A remarkable achievement from a remarkable woman who forces us to look for a word beyond 'survivor.'"
—Andrew Vachss, author of Haiku
"Nothing less than a bolt of electricity to the hopeful part of us that believes every portrait of a happy family that we see. . . . A terrifying and heartening book . . . I know it's going to be passed urgently from hand to hand."
—Rosellen Brown, author of Before and After
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