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The Resource Dancing with the octopus : a memoir, Debora Harding

Dancing with the octopus : a memoir, Debora Harding

Label
Dancing with the octopus : a memoir
Title
Dancing with the octopus
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Debora Harding
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"For readers of Educated and The Glass Castle, a harrowing, redemptive and profoundly inspiring memoir of childhood trauma and its long reach into adulthood. One Omaha winter day in November 1978, when Debora Harding was just fourteen, she was abducted at knifepoint from a church parking lot. She was thrown into a van, assaulted, held for ransom, and then left to die as an ice storm descended over the city. Debora survived. She identified her attacker to the police and then returned to her teenage life in a dysfunctional home where she was expected to simply move on. Denial became the family coping strategy offered by her fun-loving, conflicted father and her cruelly resentful mother. It wasn't until decades later - when beset by the symptoms of PTSD- that Debora undertook a radical project: she met her childhood attacker face-to-face in prison and began to reconsider and reimagine his complex story. This was a quest for the truth that would threaten the lie at the heart of her family and with it the sacred bond that once saved her. Dexterously shifting between the past and present, Debora Harding untangles the incident of her kidnapping and escape from unexpected angles, offering a vivid, intimate portrait of one family's disintegration in the 1970s Midwest, a rusted landscape where the loss of white male power can flare into unspeakable violence. Written with dark humor and the pacing of a thriller, Dancing with the Octopus is a literary tour de force and a groundbreaking narrative of reckoning, recovery, and the inexhaustible strength it takes to survive"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harding, Debora
Dewey number
  • 362.88
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
HV6574.U6
LC item number
H37 2020
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Harding, Debora
  • Kidnapping victims
  • Sexual abuse victims
  • Sexually abused teenagers
  • Rape victims
  • Rape
  • Abduction
Label
Dancing with the octopus : a memoir, Debora Harding
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1138997770
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
372 pages
Isbn
9781635576122
Lccn
2020005048
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1138997770
Label
Dancing with the octopus : a memoir, Debora Harding
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1138997770
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
372 pages
Isbn
9781635576122
Lccn
2020005048
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1138997770

Library Locations

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