Empty Chairs Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sad but oddly uplifting story of a young girls will to survive. Inner strength prevails. I really enjoyed the ending of the book as Ms. Dawson's "new beginning".Published 11 days ago by Lina K Jones
I first heard about this book a few years ago. A friend of mine told me it was a must read,when I went to order it I found that it was no longer available,I contacted the author on... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Monique Lomino
really great book. had to read it for class and it was really interesting to readPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I would recommend this book to those who wonder how bad life can get when born to the wrong person.Published 7 months ago by Julie
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I could NOT put this book down. It touched a place deep in my soul and I suffered along with the little girl being so absorbed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by HoneyMon
sequel to Faint Echoes of Laughter, must read Faint Echoes of Laughter first. It's not the story of a victim but of someone who succeeds against horrible circumstancesPublished 13 months ago by mom1414