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Empty Chairs by [Danson, Stacey]
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Length: 229 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Taylor Street Publishing (January 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K6MJJK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Mr. John Booth on 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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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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By Hannah Warren on 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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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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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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No one realizes that she exists, let alone that she is being abused and prostituted by her own mother. Who would believe her if she somehow tried to tell. But children grow up, and one day, she realizes she is big enough to stand up to her mother, and to get out for good. Will she make it on her own? Has a lifetime of abuse taught her how to survive on the streets?

This book is the epitome of intensity, and not for the faint of heart. Which is exactly why every single person who has even come in contact with a child in any capacity should read it. Children suffer this type of abuse every day, though many of us do not want to think about it.

Stacey Danson is incredibly brave, not only for enduring and surviving this abuse, but for choosing to share her story with the world. We cannot let her story go unheard; we cannot let more children be abused as she has been.

It is always difficult reading about children being harmed, and this book is no exception. This is an incredibly difficult book to read. You want to rebel against the wrongness of what Danson endured. But putting the book down will not make it any less real or true, nor will it make it any less likely to happen to other children. That is why it is so important for the reader to push through the discomfort, and seek the message at the end, seek the empowerment to spread the story and help other children.

Obviously, the themes we are working with here are tough. Abuse, child prostitution and rape, children living on the streets, and various other crimes. A book need not be pleasant to be a great book. And important books, such as this one, rarely are pleasant. But I beg of you, do not be deterred by your own comfort zone. Because this book, well, this book really needs to be read.
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