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My Father's House: A Memoir of Incest and of Healing: Memoir of Incest and Healing [Paperback]

Sylvia Fraser
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23 Feb 1989
She was a beautiful blond child, a quintessential Canadian teenager: she loved Saturday film matinees, giggled at pyjama parties, ran for student president, led the cheerleading squad, went steady with the right boy and married him, her proud father at her side. But from the age of seven Sylvia Fraser shared her body with a 'twin' who lived a separate life from her. This other self was created to do the things Sylvia was too frightened, too ashamed, too repelled to do - the things her father made her do. As an adult, she had no recollection of a sexual relationship with her father, yet some connection always remained - pain, terror and guilt were never far from the surface. With tremendous power, candour and eloquence, Sylvia Fraser breaks through her amnesia to discover and embrace the self she left behind. MY FATHER'S HOUSE is at once a terrible account of a woman's coming of age and a lyric story of love and forgiveness.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (23 Feb 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860681815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860681816
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MY FATHER'S HOUSE has the tension and pace of a detective novel - except that the detective is a part of the narrator's self, and so is the murder victim. A beautifully written, heart-wrenching and ultimatley healing story by an amazing and courageous woman (Margaret Atwood)

Her book mingles accounts of ordinary life with short, italicised memories of abuse, a method which throws a sinister shadow over the reader's mind, as all accounts of sexual abuse in the home do, by destroying the innocence of the ordinary with a stain (IRISH TIMES)

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A remarkable memoir of one woman's courage, power and eloquence to break through amnesia to face the tortured person which resides there as a result of incest and abuse

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5.0 out of 5 stars Abuse is Harrowing 18 Sep 2004
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A true account of a terrible ordeal faced with dignity and pride, though you are able to see the repricussions of what abuse can do to a person in their lifetime. I rank this book highly with that of Nightmares Echo-another excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Fathers House 10 Jan 2010
I'm still in the process of reading this book, and so far I have found it to be a very useful tool in my recent studies and also on a personnal level. It certainly has changed my way of thinking and given me new found courage.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good book 8 Oct 2005
hard to get onto to start with but keep going the story slowly unfolds
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this book was okay. She really didn't go in to much detail on what her Father did and when he died and she told her Mom, was like, okay..lets move on.
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