Reading & Talk: Being Mean by Patricia Eagle
Patricia Eagle was thirteen when the sexual relationship with her father––a relationship that began when she was four years old––ended. As a young woman she dreamed of love, but shame, depression, and the confusion of suppressed memories sent her careening through life, wondering how to trust others and herself. In Being Mean––A Memoir of Sexual Abuse and Survival (June 2019, She Writes Press), Eagle shares her journey with courage and hope as she finds strength to see what was unseeable––and finally speaks the unspeakable to help herself and others.
"A deftly written work of commendable honesty, exceptional candor, and impressive personal courage, Being Mean: A Memoir of Sexual Abuse and Survival is a riveting, honest, and ultimately life-healing memoir with a highly relevant underlying message given today's #MeToo climate that is slowly bringing to justice even the most powerful and wealthy of pedophiles and sexual predators." –Midwest Book Review
"I wept real tears at the complexity and beauty of the healing. This book will rinse you clean." –Kathleen Adams, LPC, author of Journal to the Self
"Being Mean excavates the caverns of the author’s childhood trauma . . . Eagle’s account is harrowing in its honesty. Traumatic as the shaping circumstances of her childhood are, she never uses them as a shield. Such frank analyses are refreshing and may provide empathetic assurance to other victims who are still in the gauntlet of recovery." –Foreword Clarion Reviews