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I should have told. Julie’s right: I would have saved dozens of others. Jeff, Julie, Sam, the academy kids, the Huck Finn boys, everyone else was ignorant or greedy or scared or confused or overwhelmed by bullies, but I was strong enough—I could’ve pushed him away. I did push him away. I saved myself and let everyone else suffer. Me and the god of creation—we’re the villaI should have told. Julie’s right: I would have saved dozens of others. Jeff, Julie, Sam, the academy kids, the Huck Finn boys, everyone else was ignorant or greedy or scared or confused or overwhelmed by bullies, but I was strong enough—I could’ve pushed him away. I did push him away. I saved myself and let everyone else suffer. Me and the god of creation—we’re the villains of this story. Brian and Jeff were best friends, growing up together in New York City in the late 1960s. Then something happened that drove a wedge between them, ending both their friendship and their childhood, something that neither ever spoke about . . . at least until their shared secret resurfaced some forty years later, forcing them to reunite and, along with Jeff’s cousin Julie, to face the consequences of their years of silence. In The Wisdom of Perversity, Rafael Yglesias, the critically acclaimed, bestselling novelist and screenwriter and the author of A Happy Marriage, winner of the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize, and Fearless, the basis for the cult film by the same name, has crafted a novel that tells the stories of three childhood friends who join together as adults to acknowledge the ways in which their lives were altered by the actions of a predator, a predator who now, many years later, has been exposed by more recent victims yet is on the verge of escaping punishment--thanks to his wealth and influence. Damaged in different ways by the events of the past but all sharing the same feelings of guilt and anger for allowing this man to go unpunished, leaving him free to abuse others, Julie, Jeff, and Brian band together to force a public outcry that will assure that he will finally face justice. With a tone that cleverly mixes humor with stark reality, The Wisdom of Perversity is a groundbreaking novel that by giving a voice to the youthful victims of sexual abuse will inspire both praise and debate. “Many contemporary works of fiction are bold,but few are this courageous . . . Rafael Yglesias has written a frightening, evocative, and intensely compassionate novel that manages somehow to do the impossible,shedding light on one of the darkest corners of this human theater.” —Helen Schulman, author of This Beautiful Life “The sly courage, the deft intelligence, and the fierceness of vision that we, his fans, have come to expect from a Raphael Yglesias novel all blaze brightly forth—and cast very dark shadows—in The Wisdom of Perversity.” —Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist...

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  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2018-09-24 11:23

    In The Wisdom of Perversity, Rafael Yglesias tells the story of three childhood friends, reluctantly reunited as adults when the man who sexually abused them more than three decades earlier is finally exposed as a predator, yet seems likely to get away with it. What Yglesias does well in The Wisdom of Perversity is illustrate the lingering feelings of shame and helplessness victims of abuse carry into adulthood. Despite their best efforts to move past the emotional trauma associated with Stein the memory never fades, ambushing them in their weakest moments. Yglesias also challenges the idea that one type of abuse is better or worse than another. Though Brian was 'only diddled' and Jeff was anally raped, their suffering all these years later is indistinguishable, it's clear it is not so much about the physical act but the emotional repercussions.Steins predatory nature is truly horrifying. He seduces the parents of his victims with bonhomie and largesse, so that the children feel unable to seek their help. The scene in which he abuses Julie while in the midst a roomful of adults, was incredibly distressing to read, and the powerlessness of the children is heartbreaking.Unfortunately I didn't relate to any of the characters as adults, though I was sympathetic to them. Brian is a successful screenwriter with intimacy issues, Julie is a unhappily married library archivist with a teenage son, and Jeff, on his third marriage, is a famous film director. Exposing Stein has the potential to devastate their personal and professional lives.Said to be inspired by the molestation Yglesias suffered at age 8, The Wisdom of Perversity is a challenging read, especially in terms of the subject matter, but ends on a surprisingly hopeful note.

  • Sheri
    2018-09-27 19:46

    Yes, this one is disturbing and yest Yglesias writes some graphic scenes. I thought his exploration of the ways in which child molestation manifests itself over and over in survivors of abuse was very interesting and thoughtful. HOWEVER, I found the whole scene to be terribly unreal. Jeff and Brian and Julie live in similar worlds to the FRIENDS cast (remember those criticisms about how late 20-somethings lived in a super nice apartment?); as kids they were poor. So poor in fact, that Jeff's mom was willing to pimp out Brian to her fancy cousin. And yet, as adults they have entered the glamorous world of Hollywood. We have east and west coast mansions and over the top wealth that seemed unnecessary. I felt like I was watching a bad TV show sometimes.

  • Marjorie
    2018-10-02 18:24

    This is a bold book about child molestation that doesn’t sugar coat anything. Its stark truth can be hard to read. There are some terribly disturbing scenes. At first I thought the book was too explicit and that such detailed scenes were voyeuristic, but in reading online articles by the author, I understand his intent better. He is trying to put a spotlight on how these children are gradually seduced by their molesters, what constitutes child sexual abuse, the confusion, shame and guilt of these young victims and the long-term effects of the abuse on their lives. Rafael Yglesias has been outspoken about his own abuse at age 8 and it would seem that some of this book is autobiographical. There is no doubt that a screenwriter in this book is Roman Polanski, whom the author worked with on “Death and the Maiden”. The question arises as to whether any of the other characters are real people. But whether they are or not isn’t integral to the power of the story.The explicitness of the abuse scenes will cause you to live inside these children and suffer each moment of their indignity along with them. While so many traumatized children such as these never speak of the crime perpetrated upon them, this book gives those children a voice so their story can be heard.I won this book in a giveaway with the understanding that an honest review would be given.

  • Chris
    2018-10-10 18:46

    I worked in the Child Welfare field for many years. In my opinion, the strength of this book is that it accurately describes the immediate and long term effects of child sexual abuse allowing the reader to better understand the consequences of this childhood trauma. That being said, this is a challenging book to read and has graphic content that can be quite disturbing. The book has value in its honest treatment of a difficult subject, but I'm glad to be done with it.

  • Gerhard
    2018-10-13 15:27

    I had no intention to read yet another book about the lifelong trauma associated with child abuse so soon after finishing A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. However, I had no idea the two were so similar.Interestingly, while both books come to the same conclusions about the intimacy issues and sexual dysfunction that often results from such trauma, both are fundamentally very different in their approach.In the Yglesias, three childhood friends (two boys and a girl) are exposed to a sexual predator in their teens. Jeff becomes America’s most famous film director, Brian an author and Julie a mousy housewife married to a crude overweight lawyer.The true horror of the story is that the adults involved in the tale not only entered into a conspiracy of silence when they found out what was happening, but that the one mother in particular, Jeff’s Aunt Harriet, uses the information to blackmail Cousin Klein into bankrolling her son’s education.Unbelievably, she also then conspires to deploy Jeff’s best friend, Brian, as a kind of child bait to deflect the worst of Klein’s intimacies. The story becomes quite morally complex when we learn that Cousin Klein’s adopted child, Sam Rydell, in turn becomes a child abuser himself (and is in charge of a school to boot).To what extent did Sam have a choice in what he ultimately becomes? Here, as with the Yanagihara, the ultimate question is Spinoza’s one of: how does one live a good life? And what constitutes a good life? Samuel R. Delany confronts this head on in the indelible Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, where he concludes: it is simply to be loved, to be loved in turn, and to do no harm to anyone else.When rumours of child abuse at the school under Sam’s tutelage eventually surface, the authorities ultimately decide not to prosecute due to the statute of limitations and the fact that the elderly Cousin Klein is by now in frail care with Alzheimer’s.The three childhood friends decide to go public with their stories … but not before a final, and rather ill-advised, confrontation with their childhood tormentors. Surprisingly, given the bleakness and horror of this story, Yglesias manages a muted ending shimmering with both heartbreak and hope, a quite delicate balance.Despite its subject matter, this reads like a slick thriller, which is no surprise given that Yglesias is himself a highly successful screenwriter. (The character of Jeff allows him to comment fulsomely on the moral and existential turpitude contemporary of modern Hollywood).Yglesias does not veer away from graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse: there is one particular scene where Cousin Klein makes Julie sit on his lap in the sittingroom, in the presence of the family, and proceeds to surreptitiously finger her, that makes for very difficult reading.Interestingly, Yglesias does not adopt an attitude of righteous anger. There is anger, but it is a calculated and highly directed anger that points to how prevalent child abuse is in contemporary society, and that it is not limited to church ministers or classifiable paedophiles, but is often covered up and condoned by the very social structures and institutions meant to protect our children and to preserve their innocence.How many damaged children are out there whom nobody knows about, and who have had to carry their burdens of guilt and shame well into adulthood? It is a sobering thought, and not a kind of question with any easy answer.P.S. While reading this I was hugely irritated by the inordinate number of typos, from missing words to jumbled up phrases and even extra words, to Brian spelt incorrectly as ‘Brain’ at the end.What has happened to all of the copy editors!? Are publishers lazily relying on Amazon Kindle readers to email through any errors they pick up as a kind of public-service sub-editing!?

  • Michelle
    2018-09-26 19:29

    The disabling and disturbing effects of childhood sexual abuse that linger into adulthood are among the troubling intense emotional themes of "The Wisdom of Perversity" authored by notable bestselling novelist Rafael Yglesias (1954-). With his extraordinary debut novel "Fearless", published when he was just sixteen, another novel "Dr. Neruda's Cure for Evil" (1996) was the focus of obsession and psychological suspense. Yglesais was born, raised, and resides in NYC, and has written over 10 books.This novel, begins in the year 2007-2008 and flashes back and forth between that time frame and the spring of 1966 when Brian Moran, and cousins Jeff and Julie Marks were young children. Moran was a famous screen writer attempting to gain financial backing for his next movie, from film director Aries Wallinski, (who's character was based on Roman Polanski) living in exile in France. At 50 years of age, Moran had been in psychotherapy and prescribed a cocktail of medications to control his abhorrent and undesirable sexual desire and behaviors. Moran has never had a committed relationship, a girlfriend, in fact, his own father assumed he was gay, along with others.Jeff Marks had been childhood best friends with Brian Moran. In adulthood, Jeff was a married family man, and was a famous sought after film director. His formal education had been fully paid for by his cousin Richard Klein, at the insistence of his overbearing mother who faked a cancer diagnosis to gain sympathy and avoid repayment of money borrowed from others. Jeff Mark's problematic issues were not as obvious or noticeable.Julie Marks Rosen was a married mother and archivist in a windowless airless room. The job, helped her feel more secure, as she didn't find much understanding from her lawyer husband Gary. At times, Julie appeared to be revolted by Gary's weight issues, and he had affairs with other women. Within the security of her apartment Julie experienced deviant behavior involving her started neighbor.Brian Moran, Jeff and Julie Marks were molested by the Mark's adult cousin Richard Klein. Klein also adopted an orphaned boy Sam Rydell, who observed these frequent criminal acts in 1966. Klein was a high powered executive at NBC, and boldly groomed and sexually assaulted these children right under the supervision of their clueless parents. Moran spent a lifetime in an NBC studio men's bathroom that lasted less then 15 minutes. Years later, Klein and Rydell would open the Huck Finn Boy's Camp, which would be criminally investigated and later closed.Calling a meeting after the closure of the boys camp, Brian Moran meets with Julie and Jeff to discuss the possibility of publically exposing the crimes of Klein and Rydell. The guilt they all feel for not reporting these men to the authorities in years prior was tremendous, as it would have no doubt saved an unknown amount of boys from these pedophiles. Shocking truths are revealed and realized, unexpected situations and things happen. The three friends also contemplate the effectiveness of exposing the 84 year old (supposedly senile) Klein, or was he faking an Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis to avoid criminal charges? There is much intrigue as this book moves towards the shocking conclusion.

  • Sarah Kernochan
    2018-10-19 15:22

    An extraordinarily sensitive depiction of a pedophile's three victims. Rafael Iglesias' detailing of the abuse they suffered as kids is so powerful that the reader feels sickened - and that is the point. That feeling of being made sick by sickness - of having their lives perverted by a pervert - is what these three must carry into their adulthood. Then, in their middle age, they are presented with an opportunity to expose their abuser. But they also risk exploding their marriages, family life, careers, their very identities - all of which are laced with lies concealing this one shameful secret. The author keeps us riveted page after page, as we wait to see if any of the three will find the courage to end the secrecy, and live, for once, in truth.

  • Sunset
    2018-10-12 11:43

    Stories that highlight the psychological mechanisms motivating behavior are my favorite. Rafael Yglesias excels in writing compelling, character-driven novels that examine the Shadow, the Higher Self, and all the drama between. THE WISDOM OF PERVERSITY is the fourth intense, psychologically revealing book I've read by Mr. Yglesias--DR. NERUDA'S CURE FOR EVIL (1998) being my favorite

  • Nikmaack
    2018-10-14 18:48

    What an odd book. It tries to tackle child abuse issues head on. I guess it succeeds. If you took your typical best seller, featuring rich and glamourous people, and gave them a difficult issue to deal with -- it would be this book. Except the issue here is being sexually abused as kids. And the punches are not pulled. There are long passages of sex abuse that left me staggering. How long will the author dwell on this stuff, I wondered? And then page after page of the abuse went on.It is not an easy read. Definitely not for the faint of heart.There are some things I found troubling. The book posits that everyone who has been sexually abused is "kinky" in some fashion. While it's never explicitly stated, that left me with the feeling that the author thinks anyone into kink has been "diddled" as a child. But that might not actually be what he's saying. Presumably everyone who has been sexually abused has issues with sex, which might be expressed as kink. But not all kinksters have been sexually abused.The book manages to be suspenseful, as it builds to what I found to be a fairly unsatisfying ending. It falls flat at the end. The stakes never seem to go very high. This feels like an attempt to be realistic. Flashing back and forth between the present and the past is effective. The kids that are abused and the adults that are confused, to make light of it. That works.I honestly am not entirely sure how I feel about this book. It was different than anything I've read. A mainstream thriller about people dealing with sexual abuse from when they were kids? It's almost like "The Firm" meets an explicit account of childhood sexual abuse. It's hard to imagine how it got published.On the back of the book is this quote: "Many contemporary works of fiction are bold, but few are courageous..." says Helen Schulman, author of This Beautiful Life. While that may be accurate, it feels weird. Is it courageous? I guess. It's almost disturbingly forthcoming in its depiction of sex abuse. Not an easy read. I can imagine a lot of readers would put the book down on the floor, and slowly push it away from themselves with their toe, almost afraid to touch it.One last thing -- there is a passage about a director named Aries who is so obviously Roman Polanski it's just weird. Every single detail of Polanski's life is dropped on this character. Right down to his pregnant wife being murdered by cultists. And more bizarre, given the rest of the book, the passage is a kind of an apology for Roman Polanski. Sure, he banged a thirteen year old girl, but it's okay. He had a difficult life, and thought the girl was older. What? How does he get a free pass and no one else does? That was a very weird passage in the text, to say the least.To sum up -- are you feeling jaded and want something totally different to shake you out of complacency? This book might do the trick. I went in knowing absolutely nothing about the text, beyond having read another book by the author, and the crazy title of this book. That made the surprises I found all the more surprising. A strange read. But, strangely, not that strange at all.

  • Brian Platzer
    2018-10-04 11:20

    A stunning, psychologically honest depiction of three people doing their best to live their lives.

  • Cindy
    2018-09-19 12:36

    Have a kid? Know a kid? Ever been a kid? Read this book. Yes, it’s a novel about child molestation -- and yes it will sometimes challenge your moral fiber with passages too painful to read but too enthralling not to -- but it’s also the most important book ever written on the subject. Rafael Yglesias so expertly illustrates the naiveté and cluelessness in all of us when it comes to the evil that men do and the children who are powerless to stop it.Yglesias’s portrayal of the 3 damaged survivors – each of whom grew into adulthood with dirty little secrets borne of their childhood pain and suffering – are so agonizingly real, and their pain is so excruciatingly palpable, that I wanted to reach in, give them a hug, and tell them it’s going to be okay – even though I seriously doubted that it would be.Yglesias is a gifted writer and an extraordinary storyteller, and despite the subject matter, it’s impossible not to get caught up in the drama. “Cousin Richard” literally charmed the pants off the children and the ignorant adults were so blinded by their own disturbing desires that they couldn't save them. And Harriet?? Some perverse yet brilliant scenes took place in that woman’s bedroom where family and friends gathered round looking for all the world like a Rockwell painting. The woman was pure evil, but it broke my heart when Jeff declared that his mother was the only person whose love he was ever really sure of. Wise is the person who pushes past their revulsion of the subject matter and picks up this book to empower themselves and their children against the Cousin Richards of the world. You'll be glad you did.

  • Ashby Dodd
    2018-09-30 18:21

    The Wisdom of Perversity by Rafael Yglesias is a wonderfully written book about a very difficult topic, child molestation and abuse. The novel navigates between the past and present of three children who all suffered at the hand of a very well-respected man. As they grew up, their secrets affected them in different ways until one event hurdles all three of them toward exposure.In the late 1960s, Brian, Jeff, and Julie thought that NBC executive Richard Klein was the most impressive adult they knew. He worked with Johnny Carson after all. But from the moment Brian is first alone with Jeff's cousin, he learns that Klein is a man to be feared, not respected. Even as adults in 2008, they are all dealing with the repercussions of his actions and the secrets they kept as a result.Having never dealt with this topic on a personal level, the subject matter was occasionally too much for me to take in. I had a hard time conceiving some of the scenarios these children were put in but at the same time, I couldn't put the book down. Yglesias is a brilliant writer and it was testament to his writing that I felt the need to continue reading, I wanted to see how Brian, Julie and Jeff would turn out. How would their stories end?For readers who enjoy a courageous and emotionally difficult story, I highly recommend The Wisdom of Perversity. It isn't the easiest subject matter but the writing is excellent and the story is unique. Do yourself a favor and add it to your to-read list!

  • Anne Wolfe
    2018-09-20 12:19

    Recommended for strong stomachs. I found this novel (thinly veiled memoir?)extremely difficult to read. Yglesias is a magnificent writer, but hearing first person descriptions of child abuse was so painful that I had to put the book down many times. It's about Brian, a novelist and screenwriter, Jeff, a movie director and Julie, a wife, mother and archivist. There are also thinly veiled h\Hollywood types you will surely identify.As young children, these three were abused by a relative of Jeff's, abetted by Jeff's monstrous neurotic mother. Yglesias explains that being prematurely sexualized can be an even more damaging experience than being raped. Jeff is the only one of the children actually sodomized by his older cousin. Both Brian and later Julie, are genitally manipulated and also forced into performing fellatio on Cousin Richard.As a result, they are traumatized unhappy adults.Forty years after the abuse, all three decide to go public with the reason their lives have been so derailed. Worth forcing yourself to read this book.

  • Kayla Perry
    2018-10-18 11:36

    I originally chose to read this book because of an essay the author wrote about his own experience being molested as a child. I respected how frank he was about the details and his ability to make a painful experience into something well-written and relatable. Unfortunately, I can't say I was engaged nearly as much by this book which dealt fairly explicitly with rape and molestation, for a number of reasons.In general, the story was not interesting enough to me. What really turned me off to this book though were the sexist lines strewn throughout (such as Brian's reference to his therapist possibly emasculating him to the point where he would "soon be menstruating" and in a later part, the author's completely straightforward statement that since Brian was a man he was able to deal with decisions without emotion, which Julie was unable to do apparently) as well as the pejorative "tranny" usage.

  • Earl
    2018-10-13 17:49

    This powerful novel puts the reader in the position of several children who were molested as they struggle to understand what is happening and whether they are themselves to blame. You are also in the position of these same children as adults, dealing (or not) with the aftermath of the abuse. The scenes are mildly graphic but far short of anything pornographic or voyeuristic. The emphasis in the scenes is on the mental processes of the child, the constant confusion and questioning.Having said all that, this is also a very well-written novel with many levels of suspense which keep you turning the pages until the very end. You will feel invested in these characters and want to discover how the story ends, which in many ways is also a beginning.

  • Jaclyn Day
    2018-10-01 16:40

    Well, it’s not an easy read. I picked this up after reading this review and the article added some valuable context that I’m glad I knew going in to the book. This is one of the most disturbing books I’ve read in some time, and Yglesias is not sparing in the slightest during his flashback chapters. I’m not quite sure what my final takeaways from reading this are. I can’t say I’m glad to have read it per se, though I do think Yglesias’ unflinching focus on how child abuse and molestation have ripple effects throughout the life of the abused is important to read about–hard though it may be to do so.

  • Kathy
    2018-09-24 13:19

    The Wisdom of Perversity tackles the very difficult subject of the lasting psychological effects of childhood molestation. Childhood friends, reunited 40 years after they were sexually abused by a trusted family member, come together to face their past and present when their molester and his accomplice are finally brought up on charges. Some of the scenes are graphic, but the novel is very heavy on dialogue and I think that detracted a little from the gravity of the story. I found it a little screechy by the end, and I was frankly glad to be done with it. Nonetheless, an important book and a pretty good read.

  • Ketzie Diaz
    2018-09-24 18:34

    Wow. This is one of the most straightforward books I have read on this topic and one of the scenes in it (takes up 3-4 chapters) is so intense, you want to stop reading because what is happening turns your stomach and yet you cannot stop reading because of the writing of it. There were some really interesting insights and arguments put forward by brain, the main character, especially knowing the authors own background story, and realizing that Brian is the author and that someone actually went through and really thinks these things.

  • Corkie Kendall
    2018-10-13 18:22

    I received a hardcover copy of The Wisdom of Perversity by Rafael Yglesias through the “giveaway” program on Goodreads.This book is very well written with in-depth characters and unpredictable plot turns. It deals with the consequences of child sexual molestation which is constantly in our news, in the world around us and truly part of our lives either as participants or observers. This novel takes us to a place most of us do not want to go and once going there, with the help of the author, will never be the same. Has the potential to be a very interesting book club discussion.

  • Sam
    2018-09-30 16:28

    This is a book about children being molested and their lives years after it took place. It is graphic, disturbing and most definitely not for the faint of heart. The trauma, abuse and guilt they go through hits you hard and stays with you long after you are through reading. A most powerful story about a subject no one wants to read about but as a society we should. I received this from LibraryThing Members Giveaway for an honest review.

  • Carol
    2018-09-21 13:21

    Strange saying that I had a great time reading about the history of childhood molestation of these three characters and their ways of dealing with it and, finally, their attempts to find justice and resolution -- but I did. The writing is smart and fierce and the book reads like a thriller. It feels psychologically true and unsentimental, but with a distinctly warm, beating heart under the confusion and rage.

  • Heather
    2018-10-19 19:39

    Look. If this hadn't come out two weeks after A Little Life, there would be more (any? I'm not hearing anything about this book in my usual circles) talk about this. Absolutely devastating, and then more so and more so as I looked up Yglesias and his history. "I simply mean that if there is something worse than having your will overwhelmed by force, then it would be having your desire to please used against you: perverted to serve the will of your enemy."

  • Emily
    2018-09-23 12:43

    This is not a book I would normally choose to read. I got it through a goodreads giveaway. The characters are well developed and you can connect with them emotionally even if you have no knowledge or experience of their situations. It was well worth exiting my comfort zone of reading material to enjoy this unique read.

  • Monica
    2018-09-27 11:21

    This was a very difficult book to get through at times because of the subject matter. But yet I was still very impressed with how well it was written and how the matter was handled. Rafael Yglesias is one of my favorite authors which is why I decided to give this book a shot. A tough read.. but well worth it.

  • Hillary Kambour
    2018-09-25 18:45

    Not a book for everyone as it deals vividly with child sexual abuse. The descriptions are of course horryfying and I think somewhat unique in their coercion but nonetheless stay with the reader. The ramifications on the adults is somehow the less compelling part of the book as they gather to expose and ruin their abusers. Maybe its the hollywood angel that left me cold. Not sure.

  • Lucy
    2018-10-12 18:48

    I was given a galley copy of this book by the publisher and have only now had a chance to review it. This is a hard book to read, but worth reading. This takes an unflinching look at molestation and ways in which it transforms the lives of the victims. I would reccomend it with the caveat of a big trigger warning for abuse and sex crimes.

  • Anne
    2018-10-19 13:46

    I got to the end of this book, looked at the author photo, and said out loud: Thank you. Not a book I can/will recommend to everyone, but for me, it was...excellent. I read it in two days. It felt very true, but/and it's also well written (not schmaltsy). I'm very grateful it's out there.

  • Karen Ketterman
    2018-10-08 14:24

    Despite years of working as an attorney in child welfare, I was unable to deal with the graphic descriptions of grooming and sexual abuse in this novel. I would love to read another book by Rafael Yglesias, but I could not finish this one.

  • Sonia Hernandez
    2018-09-28 15:36

    I won this book on Goodreads giveaways. I was not sure what to expect from this author because this is the first time I read a story by him. The topic he chose for this story is controversial and sensative. I found the story so graphic, I thought those parts could of been omitted or turned down.

  • Julie
    2018-09-28 12:30

    Incredibly difficult - all of the obvious trigger warnings about sexual abuse and manipulation of children go here. But this book handles the topic without rubbernecking or over-sentimentalizing. This is no self-help book. It is unflinching. Well done.