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Tiger, Tiger
Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir | Margaux Fragoso
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A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title Tiger, Tiger is a Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction title for 2011 A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title One summer day, Margaux Fragoso meets Peter Curran at the neighborhood swimming pool, and they begin to play. She is seven; he is fifty-one. When Peter invites her and her mother to his house, the little girl finds a child's paradise of exotic pets and an elaborate backyard garden. Her mother, beset by mental illness and overwhelmed by caring for Margaux, is grateful for the attention Peter lavishes on her, and he creates an imaginative universe for her, much as Lewis Carroll did for his real-life Alice. In time, he insidiously takes on the role of Margaux's playmate, father, and lover. Charming and manipulative, Peter burrows into every aspect of Margaux's life and transforms her from a child fizzing with imagination and affection into a brainwashed young woman on the verge of suicide. But when she is twenty-two, it is Peterill, and wracked with guiltwho kills himself, at the age of sixty-six. Told with lyricism, depth, and mesmerizing clarity, Tiger, Tiger vividly illustrates the healing power of memory and disclosure. This extraordinary memoir is an unprecedented glimpse into the psyche of a young girl in free fall and conveys to readersincluding parents and survivors of abusejust how completely a pedophile enchants his victim and binds her to him.
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Kaye
Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir | Margaux Fragoso
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Mehso-so

This one is a rough one. Not for everybody. I'm not sure why I even kept reading it other than the fact the writing was so good and the author pulls you in , sits you down and tells you her story. It was the story of a young girl who gets molested by a much older family friend. It continues for years. I think it's a well told story and might help others understand how these events begin and what signs to watch for. Difficult subject matter. 4 ✨

Kaye My Weird rating is because the writing was very good, but the subject matter was bad, so it's hard to know how to rate this type of book. (edited) 2y
monogamist_reader I read this book as well. The subject was terrible but it was interesting to see it from a victim side. I still think everything in that book was so wrong. However she has a good writing as you said. 2y
Kaye @monogamist_reader Yes, it was interesting. I think I learned a lot about how these guys might mess with the minds of their victims. The only ones I've heard of before are the guys who threaten that if the kid tells anybody, they will hurt their family. 2y
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BookishTrish
Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir | Margaux Fragoso
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I'd read this book when it first came out and reread it this week. An unflinching look at pedophilia told by a survivor. It does an especially good job of describing how the experience disrupts the child's development. Peter's dream of the ladder haunts me...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds like it would be a very hard read 3y
BookishTrish @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I find it the kind of book that you read in big quick gulps 3y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir | Margaux Fragoso
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Memoir about an affair between a 7-year-old girl and a 51-year-old man that lasted for 15 years. Fascinating and horrifying topic. Just started reading this yesterday, and it has already grabbed me.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @HardcoverHarlot Thanks for the recommendation of this book! Picked it up yesterday and had to start it right away. 3y
mauveandrosysky Oh wow, this sounds fascinating. Can't wait to hear what you think. 3y
Notafraidofwords Wow you're brave. I cannot even come close to a book like this. 3y
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EliseWhitmore I think horrifying is a good word for it 3y
Lizpixie Nope. Just can't even. 3y
TheApesOfWrath "Affair" seems like the wrong word... 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @TheApesOfWrath True - but "relationship" seemed too innocuous. Hideous would be a good word to use. 3y
Autumn I found this book disturbingly fascinating. Theirs was a complex, sick "relationship" of co-dependency (in a way). 3y
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HardcoverHarlot
Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir | Margaux Fragoso
Pickpick

Okay, so for sure this book isn't for everyone. It is a rough read. Nothing is held back. The writing style is beautiful, even when describing horrific things. I think this will stick with me for quite awhile.

Alpha It horrifies me to know this is a biography.....I thought at first it must be fiction ! That being said , i do want to read it ! 3y
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HardcoverHarlot
Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir | Margaux Fragoso
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Next up: a memoir about being the author's pedophilic relationship with a much older man. Not sure how I'm going to feel about this one, but I'm intrigued.

Chelsey Oh man! Trigger warnings, I imagine, are in order. 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oooo! This sounds intriguing! 3y
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