In this richly depicted story, told in vignettes relative to markers of age and experience, Patricia Eagle reveals the heartbreak and destruction of her sexual abuse, from age four to thirteen, by her father. A victim of her father’s anger and her mother’s complacency with his abusive behavior, Eagle uses dissociation and numbing in response to the abuse, and as a way to block her own sense of self.
Patricia composed her first dog love story at age ten and published her first book at age sixty-seven. Her creative process and mental health equilibrium have long involved having a hand or a foot resting on one of her dogs. With a gentle, openhearted awareness, she tries to weave meaning into stories that acknowledge our lives’ paths.