Monday, November 12, 2012

My Lie: A True Story of False Memory, by Meredith Maran

I attempted to read this.  I got almost half-way through when I decided it really was just too disturbing to read.  Not so much the fact that she somehow convinced herself that her father molested her when she was a child, then realized it wasn't true, but all of the case studies and articles printed and evidence and theories and whatever she cited on child sexual abuse. 
It's just sick.  That's what it is.  I couldn't stomach it.  So, I closed it, returned it, and now I hope to never have to think about it, again. 
If you're curious, now, it's about this woman who, like I said, comes up with the false memory of her father molesting her.  She confronts him, which makes things horrible between her and her family, then she's like, whoa... that's not true, after all.  So, this is her story.  It talks about how she was lead to come to this conclusion in the first place.  Apparently, it wasn't uncommon for women (mostly) and children to come to this conclusion in the late 80's, early 90's.  It's just wrong.  That it happened for real and that people made it so others merely thought it happened, is just wrong.  The whole thing was just so hard to read, but if you're the type who can detach from your book, then by all means... go for it.  I can't, so I didn't.  ;) 

Don't get me wrong; it was very well-written, well-researched and was probably somewhat difficult to not only face, but face publicly.  I hope this woman can find happiness and forgiveness and all she seeks in writing this book. 
Happy reading!