WINNER, Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award: Narrowed down from nearly 2,000 entries by a panel of librarians and booksellers, along with Foreword Reviews' editorial staff, the winners in 66 categories are considered the year's best books published by independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors.
From Foreword Reviews:
“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.”
“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
"Today was the first day ever that I was able to say my truth out loud in therapy ... I am so thankful for you and that you helped me exhale my truth so that I could continue to breathe. Happy Valentine's Day Linda <3 <3" -Holly, a survivor of mother-daughter sexual abuse.
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.
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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.