A horrifying account of torture and humiliation at the hands of her family, My Firefly will pull you into its pages and grab hold of your spirit. Seen from the perspective of the family home, this young girl struggles to stay alive as she is slowly ripped apart emotionally, physically and sexually by her father. You'll experience an abundance of feelings throughout this book and won't be able to put it down. My Firefly is a flicker of light in complete darkness, leading to safety. Tracy Oad, Public Relations
Maggie Kirton resides in Northern Ontario with her husband and her beloved dog, Dottie. She is the founder of Wynterblue Publications Canada Inc - a not-for-profit publishing venue founded to assist authors in various ways.
Kirton hopes that this book will help other fireflies heal and that they too will find that 'just surviving' isn't always enough:
"Living is what's supposed to happen after you survive. It's life in 'post-survival' that defines the human character's ability to move forward from trauma." (Maggie Kirton)
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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite My Firefly by Maggie Kirton is a powerfully gripping true tale about childhood physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. In this book, Maggie tells her story through the voice and point of view of the silent “house” she lived in where the earliest part of her abuse began. The house names the various people living in the house as various insects, and so Maggie becomes the Firefly while her father, who is the sexual perpetrator, is the Hornet. The story is one of a dysfunctional family with an abusive, almost sadistic father and a mother who turns a blind eye to things. Maggie’s two siblings are the favored ones in the family and, as a result, the brunt of her father’s violence falls on Maggie which includes whippings, starvation, neglect, brutal beatings, rape, to name just some of it. Eventually, she is put in a boarding school where she is at least able to get away from her father, but the cycle of abuse and all of its long-term repercussions is not so easily broken as Maggie deals with living in foster homes, drugs, homelessness, even thinking of prostituting herself for food, abusive relationships with men, and such. However, she does find genuine love in her children and this is her story told from her earliest years to the present. My Firefly by Maggie Kirton is a candid and at times graphic novel of cruelty and abuse of a child at the hands of her parents, and especially her father. The writing is raw, gritty, and perceptive as we get a glimpse into the mind and thought process of a victim of such physical and sexual abuse, and how daydreams and fantasies sometimes play such a role as a denial and coping mechanism. One thing I really appreciated and admired was that Maggie does not seem to have let the cycle of abuse continue through generations, as is so often unfortunately the case. She comes across as a parent who loves her children unconditionally and is genuinely trying to do the best for them! A book like this really makes one think about abuse cases and the need for all of us to listen and observe a child, even when they can’t speak up, and step in to help when needed.
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite My Firefly by Maggie Kirton is a gritty narrative that explores one young woman’s journey through a series of abuse by her family, especially her father — physical, emotional, and sexual - told from the perspective of the house the protagonist lived in. The first sentences of the prologue are intriguing and they compel the reader to ask pertinent questions: “Fiction? Perhaps. I really can’t be all that sure. I’ve been rather numbed to reality over the years.” From the very first page of the narrative, the reader is introduced to the violence, the meanness of the father who takes every opportunity to abuse her in unimaginable ways. Readers will understand the effects of the abuse in the life of the child as she grows older. Can she ever overcome the pain? Can the emotional and psychological wounds heal? How about her self-image? How about her sexual health? These are questions that readers need to find answers to themselves. This book isn’t an amateurish kind of work. It is clean, mellifluous and evocative in style. It’s one of the best indictments of child abuse perpetrators I have read in years, a story told in a brutally honest tone, unalloyed when it comes to capturing graphic images. Told by the house, it is a powerful reminder to readers who notice instances of child abuse and stay quiet. One can imagine the courage it took to write this book, but it is a gem of rare beauty, a work that speaks the truth about an evil to which many young boys and girls are subjected. My Firefly is an emotionally charged, compelling memoir of abuse that will bring tears to the eyes of readers while allowing them to connect with the solitude of the abused, their pain, and their deepest fears. Maggie Kirton writes about a sensitive issue with brilliance and rare honesty, and it is no wonder — given the mature language — that the book is addressed to mature readers, and especially those who are silent in the face of crimes committed against children. A book that explores the psychology of a monster in the name of a father.
Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite In 2013, I wrote the following opening lines to a poem: “What goes on behind those doors? Beneath the rafters, between the floors?” I doubt Maggie Kirton ever read my poem before she wrote her creative memoir of incest, My Firefly, wherein she uses a house, rather than herself, to narrate her heartbreaking story of childhood abuse, but as I tore through the pages, I realized how similarly she and I, and most likely all of us who have been victims of incest think and feel: only the house that surrounds us knows what really happened. That’s why it will be all of us “Maggies” who will most understand Maggie Kirton’s allegorical narrative memoir, My Firefly. After reading such memoirs, one of the first thoughts that spring to mind is “no child should ever have suffered like this at the hands of a parent.” But what the author endured at the hands of her father was only the beginning of years of agonizing pain, feelings of blame and shame, along with disassociation, a sense of being weird, and rejection by those who should have loved and helped her. Couple this with that most difficult part of being a victim of abuse i.e. believing all of this really happened to you, along with the hesitation and fear of telling anyone about your experiences, and you better understand why Kirton uses the allegory of a house and the “insects” that live with you and inside you, instead of just narrating as herself and giving actual names to those who hurt her so badly. If readers can think outside the box on this approach, they will realize just how brilliant Kirton’s style is. It’s creative, refreshing and poetic. The details of the actual abuse, along with the shock treatments, the drugs, the starvation on the streets and all that followed are horrific. But all of it failed to diminish that tiny glow that the “house” knew was inside Maggie Kirton, the “firefly”. The title, My Firefly, is most appropriate: the house waits for her to show the world her beautiful glow. In writing this book, that is exactly what Maggie Kirton has done: she has shone a light on the full extent of the lifelong damage such abuse causes. By doing so, she encourages others like us to speak out from under abuse, no matter how painful. Thank you, Maggie Kirton, for joining the rest of us authors who don’t just ask, “why me” but say “why not me?” “Why shouldn’t I tell the world what happened and help others who can’t yet speak for themselves?” Bravo, Firefly!
Very well written cleverly using the House spirit to tell what cant humanly be told. This author was brave enough to tell her story. Can't wait to see what else she is gotten for her public after this. i strongly recommend this book.