When the Piano Stops: A Memoir of Healing from Sexual Abuse

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Oct 1, 2010 - 364 pages
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Catherine McCall appeared to have all an American girl could want: well-to-do cosmopolitan parents, a private education, a strong faith foundation - even two baby grand pianos at her fingertips. But beneath this perfect faade, her family hid a horrific secret. No one could have guessed there was an actual torture chamber in the basement of 763 Montgomery Place, or that McCall was being raped repeatedly by her father. And by the age of eighteen, she didn't know either - she had repressed every memory of abuse. Twenty years later, married and with children of her own, McCall's memories began to return. When the Piano Stops is McCall's revealing memoir detailing the abuse she suffered at the hands of her mentally ill father and her remarkable recovery as an adult. Now a highly successful family therapist, her ability to overcome the dark years of childhood is an inspiration to those who have been sexually abused. Her prose is lucid, with early events narrated from the perspective of a child, giving her story a stark authenticity and immediacy. A true survivor memoir, When the Piano Stops is poised to change the face of literature on the topic of sexual abuse.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
4
Chapter 2
11
Chapter 3
17
Chapter 4
23
Chapter 5
32
Chapter 6
42
Chapter 7
49
Chapter 8
57
The Geography of Trauma and the History of Redemption
115
Chapter 16
118
Chapter 17
135
Chapter 18
147
Chapter 19
156
Chapter 20
178
Chapter 21
192
Chapter 22
202

Chapter 9
67
Chapter 10
72
Chapter 11
81
Chapter 12
87
Chapter 13
93
Chapter 14
97
Chapter 15
104
Chapter 23
215
Chapter 24
232
Chapter 25
241
Chapter 26
254
Epilogue
311
Aknowledgments
336
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