Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso
A Memoir

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The honesty of the author's account, told in the sort of visceral, child's-eye detail that only trauma can preserve, draws the reader into the skewed logic of their world, until we forget how this story is bound to end.
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A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011
A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title
Tiger, Tiger is a Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction title for 2011
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title

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.

 

About Margaux Fragoso

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Margaux Fragoso recently completed a PhD in English and creative writing at Binghamton University. Her short stories and poems have appeared in The Literary Review and Barrow Street, among other literary journals.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 340 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by MARNI JACKSON on Aug 23 2012

The honesty of the author's account, told in the sort of visceral, child's-eye detail that only trauma can preserve, draws the reader into the skewed logic of their world, until we forget how this story is bound to end.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Mar 04 2011

It is a measure of Fragoso’s intense desire to “make sense of what happened” that this wretched man ultimately arouses our sympathies. Although readers are not obliged to credit all of Curran’s stories about his horrible childhood, they can be certain he had his own devastating passage into our world.

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