A searing memoir of mother-daughter sexual abuse.
WINNER, Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award
“Sane Enough is a challenging, insightful and rare work that offers poignant insights into what it’s like to survive childhood sexual abuse.
“From award-winning freelance writer Linda Day comes a psychologically challenging memoir almost two decades in the making. Sane Enough is the unflinching account of one woman’s struggle to grow into herself… Is she lesbian? Does she really want love? Why does sex always feel so wrong?
“Day’s story involves a host of complicated figures: therapists whose inattention and impropriety bleed into abuse territory; sexual partners who are both frustrated and manipulative; and dark members of her family. Day draws from diaries and old letters to flesh out these characters, and punctuates her memories with psychological insights.
“Day’s work is self-aware, her prose elegant and her familiarity with the nuances of the subject apparent. Some moments will sear their ways into the consciousness. The tactile nature of Day’s scene setting makes such moments all the more devastating. Moreover, Day’s willingness to give room to those who doubt her—who read her manuscript and accused her of invention—brings into relief the fraught nature of abuse revelations.
“This is a hard and honest book to work through, but its pages constitute a valuable entry into more open discussions of childhood sexual abuse… [and] the naked nature of her recollections may inspire others toward similar acts of bravery.” Foreword Reviews, 5 stars
“Linda Day tells her story with candor and pulls no punches. Sane Enough is a testament… a memoir that should be required reading.” –Linda Sexton, author of Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back To My Mother, Anne Sexton
“Insightful and pithy, Sane Enough brings you into a hidden world… Important for survivors and anyone who cares about children.” –Dr. Michele Elliott, Order of the British Empire, Winston Churchill Fellow
“Linda opens our minds and hearts in this beautifully written memoir... emotionally riveting truth.” –Roberta Dolan, author of Say It Out Loud: Revealing and Healing the Scars of Sexual Abuse
“A wonderful book, beautifully written and very moving.” –Sheri Oz, author of Overcoming Childhood Sexual Trauma
“Searing, inspiring, courageous, illuminating…”
–Dr. Caitilin Stetson, psychologist
FROM THE BACK COVER:
Sane Enough chronicles Linda Day’s quest to uncover and understand her sexual confusion, as she confronts traumatic divorce, repressed memories, and unexpected encounters with childhood selves. With questionable help from a disbelieving therapist, she stares down disaster and finds hilarity where there’s not much to celebrate. Day’s professional life has included biomedical research, IBM systems engineerings, sales and management, freelance carpentry, and 25 years as an award-winning writer.
Michele Elliott, OBE, who wrote the forward, pioneered investigation of female pedophilia in her book Female Sexual Abuse of Children. Recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her services to children, Elliott is the founder of Kidscape (a UK Charity of the Year) and has written 27 books translated into 16 languages.
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About the Author
Dr. Michele Elliott is an American psychologist who has lived in both the USA and Great Britain. The author of 27 books translated into 16 languages, she pioneered the investigation of female pedophilia in her book "Female Sexual Abuse of Children." She founded Kidscape, a charity to prevent the sexual abuse of children, which was recognized as UK Charity of the Year in 2000. Michele has been awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, chosen as the Children's Champion of the United Kingdom and appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her work with children and families.
Table of ContentsForeword
1. The Note
2. Orbit, 1944
3. Lost Angel
4. Experiment 0
5. Connection, 2001
7. The Kiss
8. Fish, Camera, Plane
9. Coming Loose
10. Swimming with Sharks
11. Going Straight
12. Falling in Love
14. Magic Show
16. More Than One Me
19. What I know
20. Getting It
21. You Can't Have My Ass
22. One Last Try
23. Endings and Beginnings
24. The Villain Revealed