Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir – Margaux Fragoso

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From Goodreads: “One summer day, Margaux Fragoso meets Peter Curran at the neighborhood swimming pool, and they begin to play. She is seven; he is fifty-one. 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 twenty-two, it is Peter—ill, and wracked with guilt—who kills himself, at the age of sixty-six.

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 readers—including parents and survivors of abuse—just how completely a pedophile enchants his victim and binds her to him.”

What an unbelievably moving memoir by a woman who endured something so horrible when she was young, it amazes me that she found the strength to talk about it! At a young age, Margaux caught the eye of an older man. He seemed like fun, much more fun than her own family. Having a mother with a mental illness and a father who cared very little about her, she needed to find solace somewhere. That somewhere turned out to be at the home of Peter, a 50-something man who acts more like a child. He’s fun and interesting, garnering the trust and amazement of an impressionable child. But not everyone is what they seem..

Margaux learns soon enough that a friendship with Peter has a price. And it’s a price she unwillingly pays so she doesn’t lose the only “sane” adult figure who seems to care about her. Their relationship spans over many years as Margaux grows into young adulthood. Lies, mind games, guilt and sickness are all engulfed in this heart wrenching story of losing ones childhood years before ones time.

Margaux tells us her and Peter’s story of an unconventional love between an adult and child. Beautifully written, the reader is engaged from the beginning and held until the very end. You hate Peter with a passion. You hate her father with a passion, you hate every adult who allowed this pedophile to molest and defile a beautiful young girl. You hate it all.. But you will love Margaux and all her courage throughout this incredibly disgusting story. This is a definite must read!

**Beware, this book isn’t for everyone as the subject matter can be difficult to absorb and graphic at times!

Rating: 4.5/5

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