Where I Stopped: Remembering a Childhood Rape

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The first memoir to address the issue of adolescent rape, Where I Stopped is also a chilling protrait of a troubled American family, whose awkward silence and repression after the trauma contributed gradually to an almost cancerous breakdown. With gripping suspense and poignancy, this powerful memoir is "a story all too many women know," wrote Kathryn Watterson, author of Not by the Sword, "told powerfully, with a poet's clear and hones eye for...

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Overview

The first memoir to address the issue of adolescent rape, Where I Stopped is also a chilling protrait of a troubled American family, whose awkward silence and repression after the trauma contributed gradually to an almost cancerous breakdown. With gripping suspense and poignancy, this powerful memoir is "a story all too many women know," wrote Kathryn Watterson, author of Not by the Sword, "told powerfully, with a poet's clear and hones eye for detail."

A compassionate rendering of Martha the young girl, as she lives through rape and its repercussions in her life, and of Martha the adult, as she turns to face the meaning of her memories, Ramsey's book conveys the peculiar way in which the psyche resists knowing what it has suffered from sexual abuse, and what it is like to arrive haltingly at a truthful connection with one's own history.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Poet Ramsey (Blood Stories) was raped at the age of 13 by a stranger in the woods near her home. Here she details her recent efforts to trace the effects of this traumatic event on her subsequent development. The rape occurred, she explains, just when she began to be conscious of her sexual identity and to want to be desired by men. Consequently, it seemed to present her with a horrific warning. Ramsey's account of her refusal, even as a teenager, to blame herself for what happened is inspiring, as is her belief-which undergirds this book-that confronting and working through painful episodes helps banish their effects. Her unflinching scrutiny of the ways in which being raped affected her life, and her prose itself-elegant, clear and sharply insightful-make this memoir well worth reading for fans of personal narrative. (Jan.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780156004930
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/12/1997
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.93 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    STARTING A JOURNAL

    Raped at 14 by a boyfriend, I found this book after hiding from myself until the age of 20. The book was slow starting, but extremely helpful. I could totally relate to many parts. Ramsey talks of using studies to 'occupy' herself. This book has helped me to make the decision to leave my University to allow myself to heal.

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