Little Girl Leaving: A Novel Based on a True Story

Little Girl Leaving: A Novel Based on a True Story

by Lisa Blume

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ISBN-13: 9780692104064
Publisher: Illumine LLC
Publication date: 11/19/2018
Pages: 362
Sales rank: 231,146
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

LISA BLUME has been a principal and executive producer of public service media and research projects for more than thirty years, focused on hunger, child and maternal health, education, environmental protection, and numerous socially beneficial efforts. Her projects have been supported in the past by the White House, members of Congress, and local governments and agencies. Her public service campaigns have been honored by Women in Film Nell Shipman Awards, Addy Awards, Telly Awards, The New York Festivals, London International Advertising Awards, Global Awards, and others. In recent years, her primary focus has been on issues of global sustainability and ensuring basic needs, rights, and protection for all children. This is her first novel.

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Little Girl Leaving: A Novel Based on a True Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book will stay with you a long time. It brought up many emotions from sadness, anger, disbelief and yes, humor. While it's about a small child surviving the horror of childhood sexual abuse in an alcoholic family and all the chaos that accompanies it, there was also a sweetness and determination to not only survive but to thrive. I highly recommend this book. Lisa Blume, publishing her first novel is to be complimented for writing about this taboo subject in such a compelling way. Kudos, Lisa.
BKSeattle 7 months ago
A gripping read although not an easy one. This is the story of the sexual abuse of Deidi told in the first person from the point of view and in the vocabulary of a young child. Deidi’s magical moments of innocent childhood are brought to life, only to suddenly be interrupted by the horrible terror of the abuse she suffered at the hands of relatives. As difficult as it is to experience the disturbing dark times described by Deidi, this book helped me understand the horror of child sexual abuse more than anything I have ever encountered. Gratitude is owed the author for helping to bring this issue to the forefront. This book poignantly addresses an issue about which we as a society would prefer not to think but must as the lives of so many innocent children are so drastically affected.
Anonymous 7 months ago
"Little Girl Leaving" is a deeply disturbing story told through the eyes of a child. The reader is skillfully drawn into almost unthinkable events that took place in this girls young life. She copes in any way she can, and survives to help others. This is a testament of resiliency and courage and is a must read for educators and victims alike.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This first time author has hit it out of the park! I couldn't put the book down. The book was literally captivating. Her story written through the eyes of a young child was captivating. I felt like I was right there with her through her incredible descriptions. Although this is a difficult subject, I feel that the author wants the reader to understand what abuse can look like for a child, so that we can all do our part to stop it.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This is a beautifully written story about a very tragic subject. I honestly read this in one long day. I found myself smiling at times as Deidi describes some of her cherished toys and favorite treats. These were the same treasures of my childhood which immediately connected me to Deidi. I quickly found myself in tears and disbelief reading about the horrible abuses she suffered at the hands of those who should have loved and protected her. There were moments of small triumphs that made me cheer. There were many more moments that made me angry. This book will have an emotional impact on every reader and I hope will motivate them to become more involved with the safety of all children. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I haven't been so pulled into other lives in as long as I can remember. A powerful read, you just can't put this book down.
Bonnie Blanchard 7 months ago
For those of us who have never personally experienced child abuse, it is unthinkable. And that's how we want to leave it- not thinking of it. This book tells the story of how child abuse weaves into a little girl and her brother's lives making them bewildered, ashamed, hurt, and constantly fearful. It shows how the two respond differently to their parents' verbal, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse by acting out or running into their imagination to escape. Little Girl Leaving also details the tangled web of lies the parents create to keep their secrets and to prevent the children from ever telling. One of the saddest moments of the book for me was when the little girl's troubles finally just bubbled over and she ran to her mother for solace and was turned away. Unthinkable except that the mother already knew and didn't care about the abuse as much as she cared about outside appearances. One of the lessons of this book is that when children tell, believe them. No child could ever make this up. Though it is a hard read, it is an important one. I recommend this book for anyone who has any contact at all with children or anyone who cares enough to fight child abuse.
RichardNN 5 months ago
This is a powerful read. Once I started, I could not put the book down. Deidi's story of child abuse breaks my heart. So beautifully told...
2003RetiredReader 3 months ago
This is a beautifully written book. I highly recommend it. I can’t wait for Lisa’s next book.
Dr_Manlowe 4 months ago
First-time novelist, Lisa Blume, crafts a powerful first-hand account of one girl's journey from innocence, through heartbreak, to a surprising form of nascent optimism. The work is at once an unashamed portrayal of sexual and physical violence in the home and a profound indictment of the social systems that sustain it—a poignant and disturbing recollection of human suffering and imagination.