Author John Brooks
Release Date March 8, 2014
Illuminating the horrors of child sexual abuse from a child's perspective, "Preludes" is an extended short story chronicling the experiences of a nine-year-old boy as he struggles to survive sexual abuse by his father in a middle class American family in the 1960s. "Preludes" is based in significant part on the experiences of its author, a child sexual abuse survivor.
(Longer description available on Goodreads.)
Sexual abuse of children is one of those taboo subjects that everyone is appalled by. Instead of discussing these tragedies or fighting against them, it seems easier to sweep them under the rug and turn a blind eye to those that need support We, as a society, are leaving survivors of these abuses to heal and progress through life on their own. Preludes is a short memoir that exposes the truth for one survivor.
This was tough to read as one would certainly expect from a book dealing with subject matter such as this. I feel the importance of this book, though, surpasses that toughness. I know, without a doubt, that getting a survivor's story out there is worth it. By sharing his story, I believe John Brooks is helping to pave the way for other survivors to not only share their own story (if they so wish), but to seek the healing that they all deserve.
Kudos to not only John, but to everyone that shares their story and helps not only themselves find healing, but others too.
4 out of 5 stars
* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *