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“It’s heavy stuff. But with emotional honesty and profound questioning Connors deftly turns her victimization into a considered meditation on how we treat others.” —Cosmopolitan
“A searing narrative that plumbs both emotional and political depths . . . Connors’s forthright exploration of race and poverty enlarges her personal story, turning it into a richer, more complex and ultimately more harrowing account of interwoven traumas . . . What’s miraculous about this memoir is Connors’s ability to identify, in clean, lucid prose, evidence of hope—and even beauty—amid such an abundance of misery . . . [it is] powerful evidence of our society’s failure to address the causes and consequences of sexual violence.” —New York Times Book Review
“Raw and unnerving . . . If a reader is looking for the most candid, most powerful true book about rape, let Connors’ be the one.” —Booklist (starred review)
“[Connors] has an everywoman quality: she could be you . . . [she] illustrates how inextricably our lives—and those of our children—are entwined with the lives of others.” —Guardian
“A terrific book . . . [Connors is] a beautiful writer and often manages to be wry, funny and transcendent as she deals with an immensely serious topic.” —The New York Times
About the Author
- ASIN : B01AGZ8LPY
- Publisher : Atlantic Monthly Press (April 5, 2016)
- Publication date : April 5, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1247 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #717,759 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In 1984, Joanna Connors a journalist/reporter for the largest newspaper in the state of Ohio "The Plain Dealer": was one of the 3,734 people who reported a forcible rape that year. It wasn’t until the following year the Cleveland Police Department would open an investigative unit that handled the large increase of rapes, which years later with improved DNA testing indicated the presence of serial rapists. Using court documents and official reports and records, her own journals, Connors skillfully recalled the the intensity of difficulties, complexities of coping with and surviving the aftermath following a violent crime in: “I Will Find You”.
Connors rapist was apprehended, and she was able to identify, testify in court leading to prosecution of the man responsible: David Francis. He had just been released from prison, was free on parole, he pled not guilty to charges of rape and assault claiming he was unable to have sex due to a cancer diagnosis. After receiving the maximum sentencing allowed by law, he coldly stared her down and made threatening remarks, which Connors reviewed years later while examining court transcripts.
As her children David and Zoe finished high school and prepared for college, Connors after years of therapy, wanted to share the truth of the impact of rape on various aspects of their lives, Zoe was greatly distressed, David avoided the subject. In the aftermath and the study of root causes associated with rape, Connors turned her attention to the life of David Francis. What she discovered was his terrible past, Francis chilling connection as a youth to the Lyman School for boys (est.1886-1971) which was the first reform school in the nation located in West-borough, MA. Also, the lock-up Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, both facilities admitted Albert DeSalvo (1931-1973) charged in 1967, known as the Boston Strangler.
David Francis was one of eight children born to Millie and T.C. Francis. Millie was killed in a mysterious house fire, an older brother was murdered according to his sister Charlene. The entire family was linked either to petty or serious criminal activity and/or alcohol and substance abuse, none escaping the terrible magnitude of neglect and abuse perpetrated by T.C. Francis; his children grew to both fear and hate him. When Connors shared with his siblings what their brother had done to her, they were unaware of the truths related to his crime. Additional information was revealed of his life and death from cancer while incarcerated, and further details of their own tragic torturous family history, as Connors bravely and courageously illustrated her story beginning with a protective disassociation, then years later, discovering another connection/link to emotional wellness and stability. ~ With thanks to the Seattle Public Library.
This a novel, I couldn't put down! even after several days of not reading, the novel lingered in my mind. how brave a woman can be to overcome a tragedy. instead of completely ignoring what had happened. she went looking for it.
she wanted to find out , why people become the way they do. what happened to them as children, that would make them into monsters? made them doing horrible things to people.
while I don't know her on a personal level. she is one the strongest people out there. to face up to tragedy. to ask questions. to not judge someone. instead of saying, " why me?" she asked " why, them? what happened?"
I hope she continues to write!
Top reviews from other countries
The most interesting thing is that she tried to overcome the dire consequences of what happened to her by means of an Orpheus-like "descent to hell" (recalling all that happened and interviewing the rapist 's relatives and friends) and, as Orpheus, failing to get back her previous serenity.
Thus, what she did it's of great importance for her and for everybody who has the courage to read her book. But, please, don't read it if you don't want to know how really dangerous your world could be.