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It's Me, Anna [Paperback]

Elbie Lotter
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 May 2012
She called herself Silent Anna because she couldn't tell anyone what happened between her and her stepfather. Now, many years later, she breaks the silence to reveal the sexual abuse she suffered, its impact on her life and how she has finally managed to overcome it. It's me, Anna is based on a true story.

This book is a must read. Not only because it tells the story of a young girl's determination to survive and to overcome her traumatic childhood, but also because the story is told with such sincerity and honesty.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Paperbooks (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908248122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908248121
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,067,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At times you'll want to stop but the author... writes without self-pity and with such candour that you'll only put the book down at the very end. --Cosmopolitan

It's a raw, harrowing story told with such honesty, it's impossible not to be drawn to it. --Marie Claire

Not for the faint-hearted... The author has the courage to give voice to the voiceless. --iAfrica Entertainment

About the Author

Elbie was born in 1968 and currently lives in the Eastern Cape.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read It Now 30 Jun 2012
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Having fostered children who were abused at a young age and also having suffered at the hands of a child who was themselves abused (I now know/think) this candid searing book touched more than the occasional raw nerve.

I received it this morning and am writing this review on the afternoon of the same day!

The author is a brave lady who writes with care and honesty and the translator has done a fine job in carrying the feelings of guilt, the fear of (older) men and the inability to trust simply because she could not trust the family around her. If you haven't been in this young girls place, if you are lucky enough to come from a home background that was always safe, trusting and caring you should still take time out of your life to read this account and the helpful psychologists notes that follow it.

The candour which the author has in showing the reader what the effect on her was at every stage is immense. I could not put the book down and I would be honoured to meet the author. I wish her, and her family, all that is good in this world. Highly recommended, buy it from Amazon.
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This novel is a thinly fictionalized account of the author's experiences as a sexually abused child, told from its beginning to its end in cold, clear, unflinching prose in the style of a journal. As such, it reads like a stream of inner thoughts, hardly meant for the reader's eyes, but there nonetheless. It gives the text particular edginess that, for all its lack of literary deftness, makes for shocking and provocative reading.

Anna begins with her account of failing family life, in which her parents are in the throes of divorce. This sets the emotional backdrop for much of what ensues, when her mother eventually settles with a new and abusive partner. From there on, she recounts her descent into a cycle of sexual abuse, littered with pain, torment, secrets and lies. The story does have bright interludes here and there, and builds to a powerful conclusion, but it remains one of the darkest, most sinister things I have ever read. To put it into some kind of context, it is every bit as shocking to me as autobiographies of holocaust survivors, such as Wladislaw Spilman's "The Pianist", but here focussed on this one helpless child and, eventually, her sister. The episodes are interspersed with Anna's journey to the events at the end of the story. This device helps drive things along, and provides respite from the many horrendous situations in which she finds herself.

While there is no joy to be derived from reading this novel, it is a serious and worthy piece of work, with something important to say. It ought to be required reading for anyone interested in learning about the issues described.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, but gripping. 13 April 2012
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A sad but gripping account which gives an insight into the world of an abused child and the effect it has on her during the years it lasted and later in life. I read this book in two evenings and although it is not the type of book I would normally choose, was impressed by the candour and courage of the subject. The ending, which was admittedly fictional, I felt was too contrived and for me it undermined the quality of the rest of the novel.
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I'm never sure on how to rate survivor stories like this one. It seems wrong to reach for 5* which means 'I Love It' because I don't love it. I think it's a dreadful world we live in where children are condemned to this type of treatment. On the other hand I can't go for 1* because I don't 'Hate It' though I hate the fact it ever had to be written. I'm going to go for 3* 'It's OK' because the middle ground seems properly and respectfully neutral given the subject matter.

First of all I will alert you to the fact that It's Me, Anna is based on real events and those real events will sicken you to the point that you'll want to put the book down and walk away. This is a little girl who was treated in the most appalling way by a man who should have nurtured and cared. The apparent complicity of her mother, and many of the local community, in his crimes was unspeakably evil and surely in every case like this we believe the child first specially when the evidence is so compelling.

Anna has survived physically and written her account as a means of therapy, to get it all out there, and I hope it's worked for her. I certainly found as I was reading the book that the older Anna seemed to disappear and that terrified little child peered out at me from between the pages. Absolutely heart breaking.

Not a long novel but one you probably won't forget.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compulsory read 17 April 2012
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This is a book that is hard to put down. It is a horrific tale of child abuse, complete with unbelieving mother. The awfulness of the abuser comes through with great clarity. I can't say too much without disclosing the content. This book should be compulsory reading for all judges and lawyers, and yes mothers.

It is based on a true story, and the author must be a very strong and wonderful person to have risen above it all eventually, though I guess it will always be there. It must have taken a lot of courage to have written this book.
The fact that it all took place in South Africa means that a couple of times you might be puzzled by descriptions, but as long as you can have a good guess and carry on, that's ok.

In my opinion it is a truly wonderful book, and should give heart to all those others who suffer/have suffered abuse. Maybe it will encourage them to also write about their experiences, and then perhaps more will be done to counteract child abuse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars based on a true story
Based on a true story,this book tells a harrowing account of child abuse.Anna suffers the suicide of her father and now her mother has a new partner who goes on to sexually violate... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2012 by s
4.0 out of 5 stars A short harrowing story based on the authors life
Based on a true story "It's Me, Anna," tells the account of a young girl in South Africa who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her step-father from the ages of 8-16. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2012 by K. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking!
Anna has been abused since she was about 8 years old. Her stepfather didn't waste any time getting started. She couldn't tell anyone and when she tried no one believes her. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2012 by A. Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, read it now!
This is one of those books which I found myself unable to put down, it gripped me throughout. Based on a true story as well it had me riveted with the action within. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2012 by J. Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
I normally shy away from reading these type of books as it can be quite hard reading but I read this in one day. Read more
Published on 25 July 2012 by M. Marikar
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book was in many ways a hard read. It was also such an inspiring book for of hope and courage. Anyone who can survive this type of thing must be a special person. Read more
Published on 13 July 2012 by G. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars heart-wrenching, but I couldn't put it down
I started reading this at around 11pm one evening, I thought I'd read a couple of chapters and then go to bed, by 4 am I'd read the end - I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2012 by Su
3.0 out of 5 stars A curates egg
Having worked in child protection in the UK, I can say that this book has the ring of truth with regard to intra-familial sexual abuse. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by John Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars A harrowing read
Its me, Anna is based on the true story of Anna and the horrific sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2012 by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars It`s Me Anna
A heartrendinding story.Anna is being abused by her stepfather but nobody hears her voice.She is silenced by this despicable man who says that if she tells anybody she will be... Read more
Published on 17 May 2012 by A. V. Calvert
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