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Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving

Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving [Kindle Edition]

Matt Bernstein Sycamore

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Queer survivors piece together the clues to discover their own lives!

Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving goes beyond the recovery narrative to create a new queer literature of investigation, exploration, and transformation. Twenty-six stories illuminate the reality of growing up in fear, struggling to rebuild lives damaged by sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse. The book explores how abuse turns queer survivors—male, female, and transgendered—into healers, heartbreakers, and homicidal maniacs, presenting brilliant stories that sear and soar.

Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving addresses all forms of abuse head-on, representing a cross-section of queer survivors in terms of race, class, ethnicity, education, origin, sexuality, and gender. Contributors use their own life experiences to create a book that takes back control from well-meaning “outsiders,” as they recount the daily struggle to overcome the damage done to their minds, bodies, and spirits in a world that denies their gender, sexual, and social identities.

From the editor: “Dangerous Families consists entirely of writing by survivors of childhood abuse. That's right—no therapists analyzing our plight, no talk-show hosts exploiting us—just survivors, exploring our complicated, frightening, and fulfilling lives. These stories dispense with the usual technique of carefully massaging the reader's fragile worldview before plunging this unsuspecting innocent into a world of horror. They go right to the horror, the beauty, and the joy, often throwing the reader off-guard, revealing layers of meaning before the reader can step back.”

Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving is an anthology of 26 true stories of growing up queer in families that magnify the horrors of the outside world instead of offering protection. The book is an essential read for therapists, caseworkers, cultural studies specialists, and anyone struggling to survive childhood abuse.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1835 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (12 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,190,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Surprise! 2 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on
I didn't know what to expect from this book, but what I found was an astounding variety of amazing, refreshing, saddening, and inspiring stories by people who've really lived life and survived trauma to become so much more. The writing is raw, ambitious, wrenching and captivating. There are so many layers to each story, instead of the predictable survivor narratives that we've become accustomed to. I'm so glad I discovered this surprising gem.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring! 21 April 2004
By Roman Holliday - Published on
I am a contributor to this volume. My piece excepted, this collection includes a wide variety of examples of abuse (physical, sexual, psychological). The writers might identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender but their stories are universal. Rather than being depressing, this book is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. I recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous families 28 Aug 2004
By Joav Merrick - Published on
Child abuse and neglect usually have lifelong impact on the children, who survive. Some are getting help along the way to find a place to put the pain they have experienced in their childhood, while others continue to live with the pain and continue to suffer their whole life.
This book is unusual, because 29 "queer persons" have decided to tell their stories and how they have survived growing up queer in families, where they have experienced abuse.
This book can be useful for both therapists working with the population of victims of child abuse, but also for adults who have experienced abuse themselves.

Profesor Joav Merrick, MD
Director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Medical director(...)
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and inspiring 4 April 2006
By D. Boyle - Published on
I've never before read a book that contains such a wide variety of experiences, writing styles and outlooks. This anthology does not shy from confronting the horrors of abusive families, as is evident from the first line in the book: "healing is my own anticolonial war." But it's also incredibly inspiring for the ways that all of these children have survived to tell such wrenching stories in complex, jarring ways. As a parent, it was difficult to get through many of the essays, but always I found an incredible burst of hope when I least expected it. As a survivor of childhood abuse, I also could see my story being told in so many different ways. Unlike most books that address childhood abuse, every story in this anthology is stylistically challenging, innovative, and carefully crafted. I highly recommend it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Book 19 Feb 2013
By ARFedewa - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The title and cover almost say it all. This book shows how dangerous families can be. The text almost scared me to see how harmful a parents words can be.
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