A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer by Eleanor Cowan

A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer

byEleanor Cowan

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“How could a mother not know?” This is a question often asked about families where incest has occurred, and Eleanor Cowan’s gripping memoir, A History of a Pedophile’s Wife, steps up with answers that are courageous and heartbreaking. Cowan grew up in Quebec in the 1950s, in a large Roman Catholic family with a lethal mix of violence, addiction, and toxic pedagogy. Cowan details the dance of a survivor moving into adulthood: one step forward towards freedom, two steps back into conditioning, until a tipping point of consciousness is reached. As her memoir makes clear, that tipping point is not just a critical mass of abuse or even a touchstone of personal growth. It requires an enlarged and feminist context, permission to know the unknowable, and language to name the unspeakable. Cowan’s book is a primer in compassion, especially for those of us who were abused as children and left to struggle with legacies of distrust and rage towards our mothers. It’s a vivid indictment of a mother-blaming culture that protects the very institutions that perpetuate child abuse.
Title:A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and WriterFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 12, 2013Publisher:BookBabyLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Difficult and Compelling Story This is a compelling story. The journey is difficult to read at times but also inspiring. Cowan is a brave author, exposing the truth and sharing her experience for the benefit of others. This is an important read for all women because it provides reminders: stand up for ourselves and our children, to listen to our intuition above all else and stop being people pleasers. It is an important read on a difficult topic and I encourage others to read it.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breaking the Cycle A History of a Pedophile's Wife is a riveting read. In fact, I devoured it in 2 sittings. Not only does Eleanor Cowan answer that age old question, " Where was the mother when all this was happening?", she does so with exquisite eloquence. Just facing up to the horror of her realization was courageous enough in itself. Then she found the inner strength to embark on the long, and fairly uncharted, road to recovery for herself, and for her family. Now she has gone the extra mile, and bravely and candidly shared her story. This is an extremely powerful example for those in the same situation. It also sheds an invaluable light for all of us on this still very taboo subject, and on the individuals caught up in it. To me this is nothing short of heroic. Brava Eleanor Cowan! And thank you.
Date published: 2015-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breaking the Cycle A History of a Pedophile's Wife is a riveting read. In fact, I devoured it in 2 sittings. Not only does Eleanor Cowan answer that age old question, " Where was the mother when all this was happening?", she does so with exquisite eloquence. Just facing up to the horror of her realization was courageous enough in itself. Then she found the inner strength to embark on the long, and fairly uncharted, road to recovery for herself, and for her family. Now she has gone the extra mile, and bravely and candidly shared her story. This is an extremely powerful example for those in the same situation. It also sheds an invaluable light for all of us on this still very taboo subject, and on the individuals caught up in it. To me this is nothing short of heroic. Brava Eleanor Cowan! And thank you.
Date published: 2015-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new perspective I downloaded this book and practically read it non stop. Being of French Canadian and Roman Catholic Irish descent, I am able to get a perspective on my parents' upbringing that I hadn't had before. The topic of paedophilia is described much like the act of any type of abuse:subtle, full of denial and with damning consequences for the victim. Honest and brave, Cowan takes us through the generations of women's' attempts at breaking free from their church and their husbands with great consequences of pain and triumph.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true test of strength! An amazing story of strength and survival. Beautifully written, Eleanor paints an honest (and somewhat controversial) picture of life growing up in a Catholic family. Her words capture attention pulling the reader in to find out how she overcomes incredibly challenging situations that no one should have to face from childhood well into adulthood.
Date published: 2014-04-02