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The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca Coleman
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This is a disturbing glimpse into the mind of Judy McFarland, wife, mother, kindergarten teacher and pedophile. When her initially willing sexual partner, a sixteen-year old boy, begins to lose interest in their "relationship," her obsession grows to the point where everything in her life is secondary to their involvement. There is a pathetic attempt to fault her failing marriage and marginal childhood trauma for her reprehensible actions. She leaves a trail of devastation as she descends into what is surely madness.
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Rebecca Coleman Pat, thanks for reading, but I'd like to comment on the "pathetic attempt." Everyone does things for *reasons*, but reasons are not excuses. It would have been very easy for me to have made Judy a victim of sexual abuse herself or write in some other "justification" for her behavior. I didn't do that specifically because I wanted to show that while there are things in her background that foreshadowed her future actions or put her on a destructive path, none of them excuse her choices. That leaves her solely responsible, which was my intention. I had the option to put in an "author's note" to explain how I feel about people who victimize young men, but I wanted the fiction to speak for itself. I'm glad I did that, but of course that leaves my intentions up for interpretation, unfortunately.


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