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My Father's House - A Memoir of Incest and of Healing
My Father's House - A Memoir of Incest and of Healing Author:Sylvia Fraser She was a beautiful blonde child, a star student, a quintessential 1950's teenager, a model wife, an award-winning journalist. As a girl, she loved Saturday matinees, giggled at pajama parties, ran for student council president, led the cheerleading squad, went steady with the right boy and married him, her proud father at her side. — But from t... more »he age of seven, Sylvia Fraser shared her body with a 'twin' who lived a life separate from her, with separate memories and experiences. 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, Sylvia Fraser had no recollection of a sexual relationship with her father; for forty years the existence of her other self and the secret life she led had been unknown to her. Yet some connection always remained - pain, terror, and guilt were never far beneath the surface.
With tremendous candor and eloquence, Sylvia Fraser breaks through her amnesia to discover and embrace the tortured self she left behind. In her precise vivid recollection of her childhood and her slow healing, she teaches us invaluable truths - about the fragility of consciousness and memory, about the power of love and the resiliency of the human spirit. A horror story, a mystery, and a coming-of-age story told with lyric beauty and intensity.« less