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Empty Chairs [Kindle Edition]

Stacey Danson
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Book Description

Stacey Danson, lived through and beyond horrific child abuse.

This book tells of her brutal beginnings, the streets of Sydney at the age of eleven were preferable to the hell she endured at home. She ran, and those streets became her home for five years.

She was alone, ill, and afraid.

Stacey also had an unshakeable belief that she would do more than just survive her life.

She would not allow her future to be determined by the horrors of her childhood.

She reached out for something different; there had to be more to life; if she could only find it.

She had a dream of a life where pain and humiliation had no place.

She was determined to find that life.

Empty Chairs is the beginning of the journey.

Now she is living the dream.


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About the Author

Stacey Danson was brought up and still lives in Australia. She loves her life. She values and treasures the people she allows close. She laughs often. She writes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 436 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Taylor Street Publishing (January 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K6MJJK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tough story you ought to read January 23, 2011
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Empty Chairs is a true story. It is horrific, it made me cry and it made me very angry.

It tells Stacey's story from an early age when her mother arranged for her to be physically and sexually abused through to her life on the streets when she ran away as a teenager and on to her eventual move to something approaching normality.

There are many scenes in this book that will shock you, but there are also friendships forged in tough times and there is love. This is a human story and in humanity there is as much good as there is bad.

You won't regret reading this book, though it may trouble you. Much is talked about the horror of child abuse without the detail. Newspapers and television sanitise it by saying it is too horrible to tell. It should be told.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hard read, but worth every tear. May 20, 2011
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When I began reading Empty Chairs by Stacey Danson I was completely unprepared for what I would find. If it were a novel, I would have put it down. The matter-of-fact narration depicting extreme sexual exploitation of a small child by her mother turned my stomach. But Empty Chairs isn't a novel. It is Stacy Danson's life story. I read on through tears; my heart filled with horror, sympathy, and anger. But I read on.

In her superbly written auto-biography, the author unfolds a vision of hell that few can imagine, but is the life of far too many innocent children in our society. Stacy was beaten brutally and repeatedly. She was forced to service a stream of men who paid her mother - not occasionally, but every day. When her mother wasn't pleased with her performance Stacy was locked away in a dark closet where claustrophobia threatened her sanity. Stacy was only three.

Her earliest memories are of abuse. Stacy was only five when her mother sold her virginity to the highest bidder and she was brutally raped. The daily torment continued until Stacy, in an amazing act of defiance, at last said no and ran away. She had only been allowed to attend three years of school, between six and nine years old, and at eleven was alone on the harsh streets of Kings Cross in Sydney, Australia. But Stacy survived.

In her short time attending school she learned to read. Her love of reading, and her hunger for knowledge, has continued for over forty years, as is apparent in her masterful writing. Horrific details of her life are delivered in almost emotionless, matter-of-fact clarity, and her dark humor is equally dead-pan. Yes, I laughed at times, in a very somber way. But without that detachment and humor the story would be too tragic to read.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent September 3, 2011
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Empty Chairs has made me silent deep down inside of me. I don't feel it necessary to retell the story as that has been done in many other comments. I only want to try and find the words that express how I feel after reading it within 24 hours. I was afraid to start, as I have my own story of child abuse but I'm glad I plucked up the courage. It has left me very silent inside and I have had only one recurring image that I'd like to share here:
I go over to Sydney and lay down a garland of flowers at the feet of that little girl and I bow to her, paying tribute to the child-girl inside of her.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book by a very strong woman. August 28, 2011
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I really, really enjoyed this book even though it made me cry more than once. I agree that the ending sneaks up on you, but only because the book is so enthralling, not because the book is lacking in any way. I don't agree with the reviewer who said that it lacks "a middle or an ending". The middle is an amazing tale of strength, courage a tenacity in the face of events so horrible that they are barely imaginable to most people. The ending is one of hope, and I agree that I would love for the author to tell us more, but I disagree that it is required of this book, which is a complete story of one part of the author's life in and of itself. I would love the author to pen a second book, continuing her story as I am thrilled that she survived such a horrifying start to life and went on to function in a healthy way in society and seemingly was able to begin to trust others as it sounds like she may have finally met up with people in her life who were worth trusting.

Although the editors have done a reasonable job, they missed some obvious errors such as the use of "wondered" instead of "wandered", "conception" in place of "concept" and "bought" instead of "brought". But these are minor annoyances which do not detract from the book at all as it is well written and flows very smoothly throughout.

Definitely worth the money and worth the time it takes to read, it is a moving and interesting account of a life which had an incredibly sad start.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book...but then what?? September 19, 2011
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I really liked this book but... it ended so abruptly that it had me wanting so much more. What became of Sassy? How long was she on the streets? And what happened after Jamie and his clan took her in. I immediately went back to Amazon to see if there was a sequel but to no avail. I can only hope one is in the works because I believe its a story worth telling.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empty Chairs: Much more than a story about child abuse January 22, 2011
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If you're the victim of child abuse, know someone who is, or work with victims of child abuse, Stacy Danson's autobiographical account of the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her mother from age three until she ran away at eleven is the book for you.

Empty Chairs is, as the subtitle says, "much more than a story about child abuse." It is about the resilience and triumph of a girl whose street name was "Sassy", who not only survived the horror of sexual abuse and her mother's sadism, but survived life on the streets of her native Sydney, Australia as a tough-as-nails, don't-take-no-crap runaway. At age of eleven, she made a mature decision about her life: "No one was ever going to force me to do anything again. Such are the thoughts of a child whose experience of the world started in hell."

Living on the streets at any age is no walk in the park; living on the streets as a young girl can be fatal. Stacy Danson learned its lessons quickly: Trust no one, stay out of the way of the pimps and other predators that prey on attractive girls, make yourself invisible. In spite of all the precautions, it doesn't always work, and didn't for Stacy. Key to her survival was running into a tightly-knit group of fourteen street kids who took her in, provided her a home, and protected her.

Why does she tell her story some forty years after her life on Sidney's streets ended? Simply put, it was time. "Recent events in my small world have caused me to think deeply about the responsibility I have, that we all have, to make people aware of what can and does happen in a home that may well be right next door to you."

In her case, the neighborhood was an upper middle class one where her abusers were respected members of the community.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorites!
Published 20 hours ago by mom of 3
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic
Great read about the dangers of both living on the streets and also the reality of abuse. Just wish it would not have ended so abruptly.
Published 1 day ago by Patricia Burak
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK book!
Published 1 month ago by Janis Packard
5.0 out of 5 stars great short book
Not long enough....😞. I was hoping for a longer story but a great book nonetheless. Sassy is a reminder of strength.
Published 2 months ago by Clara Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased. Thanks
Superfast shipping....very pleased. Thanks.
Published 2 months ago by Katie Smiddy
5.0 out of 5 stars a Must-read book
Some of my friends have said of this book that they want to read it but, knowing the pain and horrors it chronicles, need to get themselves into the right frame of mind to do so. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. J. S. Kirton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Definitely recommend it
Great book! Definitely recommend it, it's such a shocking but amazing story. I really want to know what happens to Stacey...
Published 3 months ago by Rocio Rosa
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply NOT a good book
Notwithstanding the fact that this was a heart-rending story of terrible child sexual abuse, the story still sucked. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Weebiscuit
5.0 out of 5 stars eye opener
True life story. Intriguing. Can't help but feel empathy.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. L. Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 5 months ago by Linda Carol McIe
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More About the Author

I am an Australian, I have written two books under my pen name of Stacey Danson. Both these books are doing remarkably well and I will always be so grateful for the support

I love the written word,and my hunger for knowledge in my less than perfect childhood had me reading anything and everything I could get my hands on.

That hunger has never left me, I have now completed my first fictional works under my real name. The first is due for release in May 2012. Under the author name of Suzannah Burke. The book is a comedy as far removed from my non-fiction works as it gets. The title is "Dudes Down Under"

Thank all of you who have supported and continue to support my work.

regards Stacey Danson aka Suzannah Burke

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