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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052672
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Married for thirty-eight years and mother to four daughters, the loving family Catherine McCall has now is very different to the one she was born into, proving that despite statistics the human spirit can prevail after abuse. A successful family therapist and vice president of the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Cathy frequently offers lectures and workshops on family therapy and healing after trauma. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Thank you, Catherine, for sharing your story.
Patricia A. Brown
I have read many memoirs on this subject and what makes this book so successful is McCall's uncanny ability to be so open, honest, and detailed.
David M. Mokotoff, MD
This book is a must for victims of childhood sexual abuse and clinicians who work with this population.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jean Price on March 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
"When the Piano Stops" is an amazing story, courageously told by the author about her horrific childhood and the healing process as an adult. The story flows easily and captures the reader. It is hard to put down. That she survived to write about it is a tribute to her strength of character and the enduring love and support of her family and especially her husband. There is a wealth of information for survivors included in the appendix. I highly reccomend this not only for survivors but for those who love them and want a better understanding of the healing process.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie MCKINNON on April 24, 2009
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When the Piano Stops, A Memoir of Healing from Sexual Abuse by Catherine McCall is a riveting and engrossing memoir about one woman's courage in recovering from the incest abuse perpetrated by her father. Catherine McCall takes you through her childhood as she struggles to make sense of the horror that is happening and eventually buries everything only to find it resurfacing many years later. I've read many first person accounts of incest survivors and have never found one that was so well written that I literally felt as if I were walking through Catherine's life alongside her. She consummately threads the spiritual side of her nature with not only the abuse but the healing that happens so many years later. Catherine describes all of the players in this memoir so vividly that I felt I knew them. I recommend this must read book for anyone going through incest recovery and for any advocates that need to understand what happens inside the heart, the mind and the soul of a survivor.

Marjorie McKinnon, Founder of The Lamplighters, a movement for recovery from incest and child sexual abuse and Author of REPAIR Your Life: A Program for Recovery from Incest & Childhood Sexual Abuse and REPAIR For Kids: A Program for Recovery from Incest & Childhood Sexual Abuse
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2009
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Catherine McCall has sent out a personal call-to-arms with her vivid, insightful and instructive memoir, WHEN THE PIANO STOPS. Memoirs typically focus on the story the author wants to tell. McCall has told her story of horrific sexual abuse and dogged journey to a hard-earned healing. She has also done something more through her epilogue. Here she has widened her story to include us all in her quest to enlist the reader to become proactive to "contribute to the safety of children, the healing of sexual abuse survivors, and the restoration of virtue." There is a list of research data, support organizations, therapy organizations, and recommended reading (memoir, recovery, spiritual and professional). As a licensed marriage and family therapist, McCall is well qualified to point us in the right direction through her bravely rendered book, WHEN THE PIANO STOPS.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debra A. Dawson on March 15, 2009
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What a powerful experience it was to read "When the Piano Stops." I was moved by the author's strength as a child as she found a way to survive the horrific trauma perpetrated against her, and I admired her bravery in persisting through the healing process as adult, in spite of the agonizing pain that resurfaced and the challenges this presented to her marriage. The fact that her husband and children supported the writing and publication of this intensely personal account of their marital and family life is testimony to the health it brings to relationships where secrets are unveiled and feelings acknowledged. In a time when couples so easily call it quits, the author's description of the deterioration of her once-happy marriage and the difficult work she and her husband embarked on offers a compelling model of the tremendous benefits of ongoing work to regain or maintain love.

I hope this memoir reaches other survivors of sexual abuse because it blazes a path toward healing, illuminating the pitfalls as well as the benefits of such personal growth. But more important, I hope this book reaches those readers who may not initially think that a memoir on sexual abuse has anything to offer them. The statistics the author relates in the appendix regarding the prevalence of sexual abuse within families will astound the reader. The percentage of girls and boys who experience such abuse at the hands of fathers, brothers, extended family, as well as close friends and neighbors should cause all of us to be more vigilant in our protection of children, in looking and listening for signs that all is not well, and in providing safe environments for the truth to be told.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine M. Zilian on April 21, 2009
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When the Piano Stops is a compelling story of a young girl's strength and faith and later (as a daughter, mother and wife) of her courage and generosity in sharing her story with others in the hopes of helping victims to realize that they, too, can be survivors. Although it was sometimes difficult to read and imagine such horrific behavior between a father and his daughter, I have the highest respect for the the author's faith and determined spirit and admire and applaud her for caring enough about others to tell her difficult story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda S. Turner on March 21, 2009
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Catherine McCall's book is a riveting story of her childhood in an educated, upper-middle class family riddled with alcoholism, mental illness, and sexual abuse, and of her long journey toward healing. As a psychologist, I have read many memoirs of life in difficult families. This one stands out for the following reasons: The writing is excellent; the narrative moves quickly and clearly; the book is impossible to put down. McCall sensitively gives voice to a young girl trying to make sense of crazy experiences, using what she can to survive and grow. The Appendix is excellent; McCall is sensitive to what may be evoked in various readers, and she provides detailed suggestions and contact information. The book describes a course of excellent long-term psychotherapy, a rarity in a culture that celebrates quick fixes and given that media presentaions of therapy often feature unhealthy boundary violations. Finally, this story about the harm that can be perpetrated in realtionsips is also a testimony to healing power of relationships- with God, in therapy, in marriage. I will recommend the book often to clients and friends.
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