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Old 03-21-11, 03:57 PM
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Tiger, Tiger will start a thousand conversations. Margaux Fragoso achieves the unthinkable with empathic clarity: she humanizes a pedophile. In doing so, she makes his crime unimaginably more frightening. Her portrayal of their relationship is shocking, revelatory, and fearless. As the story of a victim, it is gripping; as a work of literature, it’s a triumph. In this gut-wrenching memoir of sexual abuse, Fragoso, who has written short stories for various literary magazines, explores with unflinching honesty the ways in which pedophiles can manipulate their way into the lives of children. Fragoso met Peter Curran at a public pool in Union City, N.J., in 1985 when she was seven and he was 51. He seemed harmless, and invited Fragoso and her mother back to his house. This marked the beginning of Curran and Fragoso's 15-year relationship, which ended when Curran committed suicide at age 66. Fragoso's home life was strained—her mother was in and out of psychiatric wards and her father was an alcoholic—and Curran's home, with its myriad pets and lack of rules, became her refuge. The sexual abuse began slowly, progressing to oral sex in Curran's basement, an act that he requested as a "birthday present." Fragoso's sense of alienation—Curran controlled her world for more than half her life—is palpable in her telling. Using her own diaries and the myriad letters, diaries, and photographs Curran left behind, Fragoso eloquently depicts psychological and sexual abuse in disturbing detail.
I don't know if anyone else has heard of or read this book. It is somewhat controversial, obviously, because of the subject matter. I started reading it this past weekend. It is probably one of the most engrossing/intriguing books I've come across.
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Old 03-21-11, 06:29 PM
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Taylor, thanks so much for posting. I will definitely read this. It sounds fascinating.
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WOW! Such disturbing subject matter but look forward to your review when you complete the book.
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Old 04-20-11, 10:04 PM
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I am almost done with this book. Many of you know that I have sexual abuse in my background, and I have to say this is a very authentic book. Fragoso really does an exceptional job of representing the ambivalence of someone going through this. It is a very explicit and disturbing book as well.

I have been looking for an interview with the author, and I finally found this.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/...1927271/page1/
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Oh thanks for posting this. It's very disturbing topic but I look forward to reading the book.
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