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When Katie Wakes: A Memoir
Synopses & Reviews
Bestselling author Connie May Fowler tells her own extraordinary story for the first time — the harrowing years of her childhood followed by the abusive relationship she endured as a young woman — and how the unconditional love of her dog helped her escape her physical and emotional bonds.
Before Women Had Wings, Connie May Fowler?s award-winning and bestselling fictional account of domestic abuse, touched thousands. In this piercing memoir, Fowler chronicles the emotional battery and physical abuse that marked her own passage to adulthood. She draws a searing portrait of growing up with her manipulative and needy mother, a woman unable to give the love and comfort every child has a right to expect.
And then, as a young woman, Fowler found herself involved with a man whose behavior disturbingly echoed her mother?s. The man she lived with alternately displayed a desperate need for her or rejected her as if she were worse than useless. With heart-wrenching candor, Fowler records the abuse she suffered at his hands, from his constant attempts to undermine her self-confidence to his acts of brutal physical violence.
The unconditional love Fowler longed for finally came — in the shape of an adoring Labrador puppy named Kateland. With Katie at her side, she was able to withstand her mistreatment and the crushing weight of her childhood and, miraculously, managed to create a small refuge from the horrors that surrounded her. This is the story of her decision to end the years of mistreatment and even to open her life to a new, gentle man, whose love and understanding helped to transform her.
Well known for her fiction and her work with victims of domestic abuse, Fowler now offers a strong helping hand to women everywhere in this startling, revealing, and ultimately inspiring memoir.
"Fowler's book is disturbing and difficult, her redemption hard-won and admirable. And in its wake, the book leaves one thought, like bitter residue: How many other people do we see every day who are living this private nightmare? For that re-examination alone, reading this book is worthwhile and, ultimately, rewarding." Amy Driscoll, Miami Herald
"Although the story is sad, it is not depressing. Fowler conveys hope rather than self-pity, optimism rather than despair. It is a story of bravery and victory." Brenda Kerwin, Sourthern Scribe Reviews
"There's something so raw and compelling about this book that, even as you wonder why Fowler doesn't get help sooner, you can't tear through it fast enough. Part of the story's intensity comes from the point of view: it's told in first and second person. Throughout, Fowler addresses her former partner as 'you.' In the end, the reader feels she has read something as personal as a letter or a diary meant to purge the writer of demons. Her daring stylistic device also allows Fowler the last word in the relationship: 'You did not destroy me.'" Lynn Hamilton, BookPage
About the Author
Connie May Fowler is an essayist, screenwriter, and novelist. Her previous books include Sugar Cage, River of Hidden Dreams, and most recently, Remembering Blue. Her 1996 novel, Before Women Had Wings, won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and was made into a successful "Oprah Winfrey Presents" TV movie. Remembering Blue won the Chautauqua South Award for Fiction. She and her husband are cofounders of the Connie May Fowler Women with Wings Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding women and children in need. She lives in Florida.
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