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Monday, September 17, 2012

Faint Echoes of Laughter by Stacey Danson

Summary on GoodReads.

This is the first time I read a sequel to a book about child abuse. Usually, you read about it and finish the book knowing that the child somehow escaped the abuser, but you never know what happened afterwards. How was life after the abuse? How did you cope? Did you ever have sex (normal sex) again? Did you fall in love? Did you get married and had children? I always wonder, specially the last question.

In Empty Chairs, Danson escaped her mother and went to live on the streets. After yet another brutal rape and a beating --and just when everything seemed to be lost, Jamie asked her to move in with him and 12 more kids in an container.

Danson ended Empty Chairs right there, leaving fans unsatisfied and concerned, wanting to know more about her life: did you end up with Jamie (it's just something I thought would happen as if this was a romance novel)? How did baby Jenny die? what happened to the other kids? How did you get to have a daughter? What happened to Carol and Animal? Did Gwen have a horrible ending? And many other questions that go through our minds when we read about the horrors of children being abused.

Gently enough, Danson wrote a second book to explain all those questions and more.
I deeply thank her for that as in Faint Echoes of Laughter she made see how a child grows up to be an adult carrying all the weight of a horrific childhood.

This is not fiction and this is not romance. Once again Danson's writing is simple and harsh; just telling it as it was. Don't expect miracles, although a few do happen.