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One summer day, Margaux Fragoso meets Peter Curran at the neighborhood swimming pool, and they begin to play. She is seven; he is 51. When Peter invites her and her mother to his house, the little girl finds a child’s paradise of exotic pets and an elaborate backyard garden. Her mother, beset by mental illness and overwhelmed by caring for Margaux, is grateful for the attention Peter lavishes on her, and he creates an imaginative universe for her, much as Lewis Carroll did for his real-life Alice. In time, he insidiously takes on the role of Margaux’s playmate, father, and lover. Charming and manipulative, Peter burrows into every aspect of Margaux’s life and transforms her from a child fizzing with imagination and affection into a brainwashed young woman on the verge of suicide. But when she is 22, it is Peter—ill, and wracked with guilt—who kills himself, at the age of 66.

Told with lyricism, depth, and mesmerizing clarity, Tiger, Tiger vividly illustrates the healing power of memory and disclosure. This extraordinary memoir is an unprecedented glimpse into the psyche of a young girl in free fall and conveys to listeners—including parents and survivors of abuse—just how completely a pedophile enchants his victim and binds her to him.

©2011 Margaux Fragoso (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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Gripping, unflinching and very, very brave.

I applaud Margaux Fragoso for telling this harrowing, incredible and very sad true story. The content of this book is, at times, shocking and difficult to listen to but I'm glad to have experienced it. A beautiful book and listen. Thank you.

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Amazing story and the narrator was the best.

I listen to a lot of books and the narrator was hands down the best I have ever heard. She did amazing accents and it was like listening to a play more than a book.

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Riveting

Fragoso brings raw honesty to a horrific story. The poetic quality of her writing belies the pain, anger and suffering she recounts as survivor of child sexual abuse. While Fragoso's story is often sickening and difficult to listen to, this is a tale no parent should shy away from.

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Absolutely Heartbreaking and Insightful

Tiger, Tiger is the hardest, and saddest book I’ve read in 47 years. I believe the author, who spent 8 years on this project, finally got the full healing she deserved once published. I imagine her scratching the scabs off her emotional wounds while writing. Her bravery and perseverance are astounding.

This non-fiction book is a visceral account of pain, sadness, loneliness, and abuse.
The pain and abuse started well before the child molester crawled into her life. Her father was an alcoholic, narcissistic, physically and emotionally abusive to the author and her mother. Her mother had severe mental illness, constantly in and out of the psych ward.

The child molester scurries in when the author is 8. Her recounts of his abuse are difficult to read. Very detailed, from the acts to how she felt afterwards. A child’s mind cannot ascertain how to handle sexual abuse, and subconsciously the seams rip - withdrawn, raging outbursts, thoughts of violence towards others and herself. All the while not having the emotional maturity to handle the abuse.
I mentioned detailed earlier, and I want to say interesting (yet sheer terror, hell on earth and nihilism come to mind) how she discusses how the child molester slowly creeps his way into her and her families lives. They were not equipped. Some people may read this and not believe such a reprehensible act could occur, but I can. Being Generation X, sexual abuse was rampant when I was young. The author must have been born Gen Y, which is close enough in society’s thought processes. So much ignorance, silence and denial - perfect breeding grounds for sexual abuse. The narration is an autobiography where she accounts her life and flawlessly blends her past thoughts and emotions as a child victim with that of a woman who eventually overcame and God willing, moved on.

Sadly the author passed at a young age (36 I think) after battling cancer. She leaves behind a daughter and husband. I think about what she went through in such a limited amount of time on earth, and pray she had some moments of peace and happiness. Between her abusive father, and the child molester, who had his claws in her for almost 12 years…where was she able to find time to sigh with relief and contentment? Was the majority of her life just abuse and pain? Sexual abuse takes years to overcome, and some never do. That pedophile robbed her of her childhood innocence and sliced deep emotional scars throughout her psyche.

This book changed me. I had to read as one who was never abused, or I wouldn’t be able to finish. I found myself crying while listening a couple times. Afterwards, mixed with the sadness of such a tragic story, was enlightenment. She says the cycles of abuse end with her. I pray her daughter is living a happy and safe life her mother never had.

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Too Disturbing to finish

It was well written. With good narration. But I just could not keep reading it.

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Unforgettable!!!!!

I absolutely loved this true story of a complex and at times sad and ultimately doomed love relationship between a man and the nymphet Margaux who consumes his every waking moments and every moment of his dreams. This book hit me hard and in ways I didn't expect. Extremely well written. The voice acting is superb and perfectly performed. I will NEVER forget this book. It has forever changed me and has helped me to fully understand my own encounter with a nymphet in the past that had left my head spinning and my heart aching, forever wondering WTF happened? Anyone who has any doubt as to the authenticity of this book, I can personally assure you that the events described are in fact universal and the author could never have imagined certain parts in this book without actually living and experiencing them FIRST HAND!! Their only common knowledge to those of us who have participated in this kind of forbidden relationship as well as an incestuous one. Trust me on that!!

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Uncomfortable

This book was uncomfortable to hear, and at times I found myself wondering if it was even legal to be listening to. However, it’s rawness was necessary in order to tell the story’s truth. Sexual abuse and pedophilia are rarely portrayed accurately in movies and the details are often left out of the news. This book describes an intimate story that not all readers are prepared to hear, yet it is important. All the while, it was written beautifully.

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Hard read but very eye opening.

This story made me so sad to hear how manipulated this little girl was. How her self worth was so engrained to the opinion of a sexual predator that only pretended to provide her false happiness and encouragement.

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Disgusting!

I was interested because it is based on a true story.
However, it was too graphic and/or pornographic for me. I had to stop reading.
Did not finish it.

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Excellent memoir -very candid recollection!

This was a very insightful memoir that delivers a terrific education from Margaux's point of view. The author did an amazing job recapping so many years & helping the reader/listener to understand the relationship that developed. It's sometimes horrific to listen to, but yet, I couldn't stop once I started. Opens my eyes a bit to pay more attn. to what to watch for & helps me get a better grasp of what a friend of mine had gone thru in her life. Great bravery on Margaux's part to let us into her past & her life.

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