Book Review: Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso
First sentence: "Nineteen eighty-five."
From Publishers Weekly: "In this gut-wrenching memoir of sexual abuse, Fragoso, who has written short stories for various literary magazines, explores with unflinching honesty the ways in which pedophiles can manipulate their way into the lives of children. Fragoso met Peter Curran at a public pool in Union City, N.J., in 1985 when she was seven and he was 51. He seemed harmless, and invited Fragoso and her mother back to his house. This marked the beginning of Curran and Fragoso's 15-year relationship, which ended when Curran committed suicide at age 66. Fragoso's home life was strained—her mother was in and out of psychiatric wards and her father was an alcoholic—and Curran's home, with its myriad pets and lack of rules, became her refuge. The sexual abuse began slowly, progressing to oral sex in Curran's basement, an act that he requested as a "birthday present." Fragoso's sense of alienation—Curran controlled her world for more than half her life—is palpable in her telling. Using her own diaries and the myriad letters, diaries, and photographs Curran left behind, Fragoso eloquently depicts psychological and sexual abuse in disturbing detail."
My take: This book was disturbing. I, myself could not imagine at the age of 7 years old being even remotely interested in a man 51 years old. After reading the book and how she grew up... It seems like it perhaps started out as a cry for attention. He paid attention to her. He listened when she talked. He fascinated her with his eccentricity. I really don't know what else I can say about this book. It was a well-written memoir. I don't know who I could even recommend it to. I like to pick the way the mind thinks, so that's probably whey it was interesting to me.
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Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition, First Printing edition (March 1, 2011)
My rating: B