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By Catherine McCall

Catherine McCall looked as if it would have all an American woman may perhaps wish: well-to-do cosmopolitan mom and dad, a personal schooling, a powerful religion origin — even child grand pianos at her fingertips. yet underneath this excellent fa?ade, her relations concealed a awful mystery. nobody may have guessed there has been a precise torture chamber within the basement of 763 Montgomery position, or that McCall was once being raped again and again by means of her father. And by way of the age of eighteen, she didn’t comprehend both — she had repressed each reminiscence of abuse. 20 years later, married and with little ones of her personal, McCall's stories started to go back. When the Piano Stops is McCall's revealing memoir detailing the abuse she suffered by the hands of her mentally in poor health father and her impressive restoration as an grownup. Now a hugely winning kin therapist, her skill to beat the darkish years of adolescence is an thought to those that were sexually abused. Her prose is lucid, with early occasions narrated from the viewpoint of a kid, giving her tale a stark authenticity and immediacy. a real survivor memoir, When the Piano Stops is poised to alter the face of literature with regards to sexual abuse.

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I make it sound cheery. I’m trying to act like Patty Duke, the star of my favorite TV show. I hope that if I act cute and carefree he’ll get out of my room and leave my stuff alone. But he doesn’t. He stays. “Hello, Catherine Girl. Mother tells me your stomach has been upset lately. ” My voice is monotone. indd 49 1/16/09 1:49:32 PM 50 When the Piano Stops “I see here that you had no period in October, and so far you’re late for November. It’s nothing to be worried about, dear. ” He turns around and walks out the door.

I run behind, and just as she starts to sit down, I pull it out from under her, thinking I’m making a funny joke for everyone so that we can be one big happy family now that we have our mommy back. Mommy’s on the floor in pain. I hurt her. ” Daddy yells. Lucy and Paul are crying. ” Andrew screams. ” I run into my room and close the door. Imbecile. I lie down on my bed and cry. Then I get up and turn the crucifix on the wall backward, so Jesus won’t have to see me. indd 29 1/16/09 1:49:26 PM 30 When the Piano Stops am?

He’s lifting me out of the bed. He’s talking to me, but I don’t hear a word he says. He’s carrying me to my own bed in my own room, just like a normal daddy would do to his little girl. But he’s not a normal daddy. I’m very relieved to lie in my own bed. I hear him talking again. “It’s okay, Cath. There’s nothing to be afraid of. Nothing happened. And if you think anything did, you’re wrong. It’s all in your imagination, sweetheart. You must never talk about this to anyone. Do you understand? .

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