When The Piano Stops

Overview

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 façade, 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. ...
See more details below
This Paperback (Large Print) is Not Available through BN.com
Sending request ...

Overview

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 façade, 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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
McCall's recollections of sexual abuse at the hands of her deeply damaged father add little literary merit to the already-overflowing shelf of survivor memoirs..Not that her experiences weren't chilling. Raised by a well-to-do family in Brooklyn, the author tells of suffering through years of sadistic abuse from her egomaniacal and occasionally psychotic father, while her increasingly alcohol-dependent mother mainly turned a blind eye. She describes the visits her father paid to her bedroom, all the while ardently whispering in her ear, "Nothing's happening, Catherine. Nothing's happening. And if you think anything is happening then you're crazy." This sickening induction into sexual activity turned McCall away from the world of the flesh toward the spiritual; she prayed to the saints to save her and her fragile younger brother and sister. Yet her father's injunctions worked, for according to the author and her therapist all these horrific memories remained buried for years. McCall escaped her father's physical advances when she left for college, and the remainder of the memoir chronicles her thwarted early attempts to understand why she couldn't enjoy sex with her loving husband, why she feared visits from some of their male friends and why she was subject to anxiety and panic attacks. It was only when she began to recover images of her father raping her that forgiveness could tentatively emerge, she declares. In the book's introduction, the author's ailing, demented mother pleads with her to "write a book someday and tell them all about it…tell them in a way that will make some good of it. Please.".McCall bears witness in excruciating detail to the horrors that befell her, but readersmay wish for more than just a chronicle of her experiences.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458777782
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)