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Dancing with the Octopus

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Published: September 2020
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BIC Subject: Memoirs
Published By: Profile Books
 
Published: 29-Sep-2020
Format: Hardback, 384 pages, 135x216mm
ISBN: 9781788165167
Stock Code: 8165167
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A fierce, strikingly redemptive exploration of the impact of traumatic violence on victim, perpetrator and society.A fierce, strikingly redemptive exploration of the impact of traumatic violence on victim, perpetrator and society.
One Omaha winter day in 1978, when Debora Harding was just fourteen, she was abducted at knife-point, thrown into a van, assaulted, held for ransom, and left to die.

But what if this wasn't the most traumatic, defining event in her childhood?

Undertaking a radical project, Debora Harding dexterously shifts between the past and present to unravel her story. From the immediate aftermath to the possibility of restorative justice twenty years later, Dancing with the Octopus lays bare the social and political forces that act upon us after the experience of serious crime. A vivid, sly and intimate portrait of one family's disintegration, this is a darkly humorous and ground-breaking narrative of reckoning and recovery.