Sharon Wallace (author); A HOUSE FULL OF WHISPERS; Loving Healing Press (Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir) $18.95 ISBN: 9781615990658
Byline: Dindy Yokel
Every book and blog dedicated to the craft of writing repeats the same mantra: show, don't tell. Sharon Wallace, author of A House Full of Whispers, got the message. She impales the reader with descriptions of the abuse she and her brothers, Paul and Mark, endured when they were children.
Wallace writes as if she is still in that dark moment. She is clear, concise, and does not ask for pity. The physical and psychological pain inflicted by her manic mother was no less brutal than her mother's denial of the girl's nightly molestation by her stepfather. The author's unflinching reportage of the beatings and mental abuse is heroic. The eleven-year-old Sharon Arscott, who dubs her stepfather the "night devil," wonders how her half sister sleeps through the nightly episodes. By extracting her soul from her physical being, she manages to survive his abuse. Eventually, she rises above the injuries that left her bloody, bruised, and humiliated and successfully returns to her body years later, when she feel safe again. "I never felt safe in this period of my life and not for many years after," says Wallace.
The author focuses on the years from...