I grew up as the daughter of a hard-working railroader and a psychotic school psychologist. I loved both of them dearly. Tornado Alley tells how I managed to achieve real resilience, through the wonders of nature and the love of good women, through troubled times.
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Tornado Alley tells the story of a young girl's repeated physical, emotional and sexual abuse by her own father. Her father, like many perpetrators, appeared 'normal.' He was married, had several children, lived in a nice home in a nice community, held a steady job. In fact, however, he was a twisted sadist who for many years would hang his daughter by the arms in the family basement and use her body for his crazed pleasures. He would send her to an insane asylum, he warned, if she ever told. Several books have appeared recently with similar accounts, and celebrities have spoken of their nightmares. Mimosa May's story is unique.....of course. She was a radiant child in love with life, with nature, with books, with her grandparents. She felt the presence of angels and fairies. With astonishing wisdom, she taught herself to dissociate from her body when the tortures would begin. And she knew somehow that someday she would be free. Her book is a story of survival and transcendence, and it's impossible not to feel inspired by being in her presence. 'It helps,' she says, 'to know that other people have survived horrors with their souls intact.' Now the mother of two children, author of three books, and a recognized authority on gifted and challenged youngsters, May writes from Oleander Cottage, a writer's retreat she founded in southwest France and we feel the healing power of this sanctuary, its magical sounds and scents, even as the author recounts her harrowing tale. And we feel her purpose too. One of three girls and one of six boys, she reminds us compellingly, are subjected to similar depredations. Her book, because it tells the truth, is a weapon against this ghastly insanity which thrives on silence. I found it deeply moving.