Dancing with the Octopus Debora Harding
This clever and compelling memoir is a radical work of unravelling childhood trauma and its long repercussions that can stretch out into adulthood. Debora is kidnapped and held at knifepoint age 14 but over time realises that there was another, more constant kind of violence that punctured her childhood. Presented in short chapters this is a clear-eyed, shrewdly funny and psychologically astute examination of the ripple effect of violence across generations and communities, how victims become victimizers and the hard reckoning to acknowledge its lasting emotional impact on individuals. This book is also testament to the author’s resilience, her belief in love and the incredible power of therapeutic work. Thank you to Lemn Sissay for this amazing recommendation ?
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