Losing the Dollhouse

Non-Fiction - Memoir
238 Pages
Reviewed on 03/04/2016
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Author Biography

S. Jane Gari lives in Elgin, South Carolina with her husband and daughter. Three adapted chapters from her memoir, Losing the Dollhouse were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The first chapter of her forthcoming novel, Shakespeare’s Daughters, has also been nominated for a Pushcart. Her Idiot’s Guide to the Healthy Gut is slated for a May 2016 release with Alpha Books (a division of Penguin/Random House). Jane has also co-written Flush This Book, a collection of humorous essays.

Her goal for her memoir, and her workshops, is to add to the human conversation about healing and forgiveness. Storytelling liberates us from the heavy weight of the past. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching workshops, editing other people’s work, and tutoring children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite

I enjoyed reading Losing the Dollhouse by S. Jane Gari. This is Jane’s story of how, after dealing with years of sexual abuse by her stepfather, she finally works up the courage and tells her mother. Instead of protecting her daughter, Jane’s mother turns against her and actually denies anything ever happened to Jane.

I really liked how Gari told this story. Each chapter was a box of memories that was opened from her past. Some boxes were happy memories from a life before the abuse started; other boxes were painful memories. Altogether there are twenty-two boxes that Jane opens. I really admire Jane for still being able to talk to her mother after the way she treated her. I do not think I would be able to have a relationship with my mother if she chose to stay with someone who caused me harm. I understand her mother’s fear of being alone, but she was not alone! She had two beautiful children and various family members. That is more than a lot of people have. As for her stepfather, he is a piece of dirt that should be a registered sex offender.

Despite Jane growing up with an eating disorder and mild drug use, she turned out pretty good. One thing for sure is that she has great taste in music. Anyone that loves the Beatles gets an automatic thumbs up from me. There are people who have suffered worse sexual abuse than Jane did, but abuse is still abuse. Jane should never have been abused in the first place by someone whom she should have been able to trust. She should have had her mother’s support from the beginning. I hope that Jane’s story is able to help and give strength to other people who have been sexually abused. A good book!