The Little Girl on the Ice Floe (Hardback)
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The Little Girl on the Ice Floe (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 18/04/2019
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"Life itself is in these pages: in this candid, poetic style there is storytelling of real quality" - LEILA SLIMANI, author of Lullaby

A powerful and personal account of the devastating consequences of childhood rape: a valuable voice for the #MeToo conversation.

Adelaide Bon grew up in a wealthy neighborhood in Paris, a privileged child with a loving family, lots of friends and seemingly limitless opportunity lying ahead of her. But one sunny afternoon, when she was nine years old, a strange man followed her home and raped her in the stairwell of her building. She told her parents, they took her to the police, the fact of the crime was registered ... and then a veil was quietly drawn over that part of her childhood, and life was supposed to go on.

Except, of course, it didn't.

Throughout her adolescence and young adulthood, Adelaide struggles with the aftermath of the horror of that afternoon in 1990. The lingering trauma pervades all aspects of her life: family education, friendships, relationships, even her ability to eat normally. And then one day, many years later, when she is married and has a small son, she receives a call from the police saying that they think they have finally caught the man who raped her, a man who has hidden in plain sight for decades, with many other victims ready to testify against him. The subsequent court case reveals Giovanni Costa, the stuff of nightmares and bogeymen, finally vanquished by the weight of dozens and dozens of emotional and horrifying testimonies from all the women whose lives and childhoods he stole.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857059550
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 222 x 145 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Life itself is in these pages: in this candid, poetic style there is storytelling of real quality -- Leila Slimani * Le Monde *
At a time when the words of victims of sexual violence are breaking free, this testimony entrances with its political scope and cerebral quality -- Pauline Leduc * Livres Hebdo *
A heartrending and precious account. Rare and essential. -- Nedjma van Egmond * Marianne *
Magnificently written, the shocking story of a long recovery -- Francois Aubel * Figaro *
Adelaide Bon takes hold of this painful subject and delivers, with remarkable perspective and finesse, the pathos-free account of her pain and trauma. A heart-breaking book -- Adeline Fleury * Parisien *
It's her first book, and it hits hard -- Mohammed Aissaoui * Figaro *
Vividly conveys the survivor's emotions of shame, rage, and fear but also offers-slowly, tentatively-hope for healing. * Kirkus Reviews *

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“A stunning memoir that made me shake with rage and cheer in support”

Poetic and metaphorical, this memoir is a haunting personal account of rape and its effects on the individual. Managing successfully to not to slip into the misery-memoir category, this is instead something so much... More

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“Eleoquent but raw”

Thank you to the publishers for this review copy.
It is beautiful in presentation, so sure to catch your eye when browsing a bookshop.
The subject you know is going to be raw, upsetting and potentially you would think... More

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