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Reviewed by Anelynde Smit for Readers' Favorite
Escaping My Demons by Joseph Fagarazzi is essentially a story about overcoming adversity in the face of child abuse. Growing up in Italy he had an abusive father and at times an abusive mother. The story follows Joseph all the way to Australia in the hopes of finding a life for himself, something he will discover doesn’t come easily. Working in various department stores, he soon finds a passion for menswear. He meets his wife Pam who changes his life forever, finally teaching Joseph the meaning of unconditional love. However, his father tests his patience, and they are almost pushed to the brink. A brush with cancer changes him but also pushes him further to make a success of himself.
His father’s brutal verbal assaults are damaging and threaten the relationship he has with his sister, driving the relationship far beyond what either of them can handle. He perseveres to become the boss of his own store and proves his father wrong. This is a story about the human condition and how you can break free from the bonds that hold you tight. This story will stay with you long after you have read it and Joseph’s way of telling it is remarkable. Escaping My Demons is a real triumph of the human spirit.
Escaping My Demons by Joseph Fagarazzi is an in-depth look at what life is like growing up in an abusive home. He shared with us his story of triumph over his abusers and how he overcame all the obstacles in his life. His brush with suicide is a deep wound that takes years to heal. His wife Pam is his only escape from the harsh realities inflicted upon him by his parents. There is also a self-help section in the book about how to deal with abuse and how you can change your thinking. I found that to be very helpful. From the inside, he tells us a deep story of pain and hurt but also a story of victory. Not to be missed.