A memoir by Linda Day
Foreword by Dr. Michele Elliott, OBE
"Sane Enough is a challenging, insightful and rare work that offers poignant insights into what it’s like to survive childhood sexual abuse.
"From award-winning freelance writer Linda Day comes a psychologically challenging memoir almost two decades in the making. Sane Enough is the unflinching account of one woman’s struggle to grow into herself.
"Day’s story involves a host of complicated figures: therapists whose inattention and impropriety bleed into abuse territory; sexual partners who are both frustrated and manipulative; and dark members of her family. Day draws from diaries and old letters to flesh out these characters, and punctuates her memories with psychological insights.
"Day’s work is self-aware, her prose elegant and her familiarity with the nuances of the subject apparent. Some moments will sear their way into the consciousness. The tactile nature of Day’s scene setting makes such moments all the more devastating. Moreover, Day’s willingness to give room to those who doubt her—who read her manuscript and accuse her of invention—brings into relief the fraught nature of abuse revelations.
"This is a hard and honest book to work through, but its pages constitute a valuable entry into more open discussions of childhood sexual abuse, and the naked nature of her recollections may inspire others toward similar acts of bravery." - FORWARD REVIEWS, 5 stars.
Linda Day chronicles her quest to uncover and understand her sexual confusion, confronting traumatic divorce, repressed memories, and unexpected encounters with childhood selves. With questionable help from a disbelieving therapist, she stares down disaster and even manages to find hilarity where there’s little to celebrate. Day’s professional life has included biomedical research, IBM systems engineering, sales and management, freelance carpentry, and 25 years as an award-winning writer.
Michele Elliott, OBE, is an American psychologist who has lived in both the USA and Breat Britain. The author of 27 books translated into 16 languages, she pioneered the investigation of female pedophilia in her book Female Sexual Abuse of Children. She founded Kidscape, a charity to prevent bullying and sexual abuse of children, which was recognized as UK Charity of the Year in 2009. Michele has been awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, chosen as the Children's Champion of the UK and appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her work with children and families. You'll find a more complete biography on Wikipedia.