Poignant and Heart Wrenching:
The Angle of Flickering Light by Gina Troisi is a beautifully written and elegantly narrated memoir that I couldn’t put down. The little girl’s voice was wise yet innocent. I wanted to wrap my arms around her, protect her, save her. It became an urgency. During the worst of it, my heart pounded. I cried because no child should have to experience what little Gina experienced.
How can a father be so despicable to verbally abuse his child for years and then allow his new wife to torment her psychologically? He dimissed his duty as father and protector. His blatant self-centeredness was unpardonable.
To endure, Gina crawled inside herself and became the picture-perfect child, seen but not heard. At age 12, scarred, psyche damaged, she dove head-first into abusing drugs. As a teenager, she entered reckless and doomed sexual relationships. It was her will to survive that finally freed Gina. Her courage heartened me. I thought of all the people who should read this memoir, victims who need to understand that they too can survive.
Gina dissects the worst of her past and ends up proving to this reader that we all have an innate ability to rise above that which would keep us down. And while we can debate forever why people abuse their children, we should find solace in knowing that if we support victims and teach our young to honour each other, we can put an end to abuse.
The Angle of Flickering Light shares emotions that few of us can put into words. I was saddened, enraged, but mostly moved by Gina’s memoir. I encourage you to read it. It’s a beautiful thing when someone opens themselves up and trusts you with their truth.
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