Apr 06, 09
Read in April, 2009
Whilst this story is of the horrendous abuse that Hester suffered at the hand of her religious zealous reclusive parents. I found it to be a story of a champion that never painted herself a victim. She creates for herself literally the tools of her own survival, spoon, pencil, axe & tree. With their friendship, she provided for herself the love support & companionship she was never allowed or given otherwise. They acted as her own nurture network, they gave her affection, praise, and encouragement (not always in the way that would be socially acceptable to us) but to her and her life in context I think they were always the proverbial angel at her shoulder rather than the devil. It's hard to explain further without giving away crucial elements, so I'll finish by saying that certain sections of the book are extremely graphic and disturbing, but as a whole I found I loved the style in which Hesters narrative took & I loved Hester.