A Brother's Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse

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Grand Central Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
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Mom has no one like David around to beat on anymore. I am more afraid of her than ever...I get in more trouble for anything I do or say. Now I find that I'm always in trouble and I don't know why. Now that David is gone, I'm afraid that she will try to kill me, like she tried to kill him. I'm afraid that she will treat me like an animal like she did him. I'm afraid that now I'm her IT. The Pelzer family's secret life of fear and abuse was first revealed in Dave Pelzer's inspiring New York Times bestseller, A Child Called "It," followed by The Lost Child and A Man Called Dave. Here, for the first time, Richard Pelzer tells the courageous and moving story of his abusive childhood. From tormenting his brother David to becoming himself the focus of his mother's wrath to his ultimate liberation-here is a horrifying glimpse at what existed behind closed doors in the Pelzer home. Equally important, Richard Pelzer's touching account is a testament to the strength of the human heart and its capacity to triumph over almost unimaginable trauma.
 

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User Review  - justablondemoment - LibraryThing

While I applaud this author for coming forth I was not as moved by his story as his brothers. I was stunned when I read "A Child Called It" perhaps that is why I wasn't as gripped by Richard's story ... Read full review

A BROTHER'S JOURNEY: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse: A Memoir

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Gut-wrenching recollections of the horrendous, years-long abuse inflicted on the author by his alcoholic, emotionally disturbed mother, and of his participation in the similar torture that his brother ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
THAT WAS THEN
7
GOOD BOY
13
BROTHERS
35
NO ONE
49
HE NEVER SAID GOODBYE
59
THE BREAK
75
AN AMBULANCE RIDE
101
A CRACK IN THE ICE
155
FULL CIRCLE
169
SAYING GOODBYE TO MY HERO
179
THERES LIFE OUT THERE
193
DAD
209
CALISTOGA
221
WELCOME BACK
239
LETTING GO
253

THE GUN
117
THE LAST BETRAYAL
125
IO CHRISTMAS
143
Afterword
261
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About the author (2005)

RICHARD B. PELZER lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts.