When Katie Wakes

When Katie Wakes

A Memoir

Book - 2002
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Bestselling author Connie May Fowler tells her own extraordinary story for the first time-the harrowing years of her childhood followed by the abusive relationship she endured as a young woman-and how the unconditional love of her dog helped her escape her physical and emotional bonds.
"Before Women Had Wings," Connie May Fowler's award-winning and bestselling fictional account of domestic abuse, touched thousands. In this piercing memoir, Fowler chronicles the emotional battery and physical abuse that marked her own passage to adulthood. She draws a searing portrait of growing up with her manipulative and needy mother, a woman unable to give the love and comfort every child has a right to expect.
And then, as a young woman, Fowler found herself involved with a man whose behavior disturbingly echoed her mother's. The man she lived with alternately displayed a desperate need for her or rejected her as if she were worse than useless. With heart-wrenching candor, Fowler records the abuse she suffered at his hands, from his constant attempts to undermine her self- confidence to his acts of brutal physical violence.
The unconditional love Fowler longed for finally came-in the shape of an adoring Labrador puppy named Kateland. With Katie at her side, she was able to withstand her mistreatment and the crushing weight of her childhood and, miraculously, managed to create a small refuge from the horrors that surrounded her. This is the story of her decision to end the years of mistreatment and even to open her life to a new, gentle man, whose love and understanding helped to transform her.
Well known for her fiction and her work with victims of domestic abuse, Fowler now offers a strong helping hand to women everywhere in this startling, revealing, and ultimately inspiring memoir.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2002]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780385502016
038550201X
Branch Call Number: B F8293
Characteristics: xi, 271 pages ; 22 cm

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SteevesVolmar
Jan 02, 2012

Female perpetrators of domestic violence are seldom written about. I found this book refreshing and balanced. Domestic abuse is not a gender issue or a race issue. It's a human issue. Female perpetrators and victims of both sexes do exist.

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