Wednesday, October 15, 2014

review: cinderland by amy jo burns

In a riveting memoir, Amy Jo Burns writes of her formative years in Mercury, PA (Burns and her classmates note that Mercury’s claim to fame is that Trent Reznor once lived there). After the steel industry collapse, Mercury is rocked by allegations made by seven girls against their piano teacher. Shockingly, many in town supported the teacher despite his guilty plea. As Burns recounts, she was among the “smarter” girls who lied and said the teacher never touched them. Cinderland is part childhood memoir and part confession to the brave seven who told the truth. Although exploring the implications of being one who lied is uncomfortable at times, Burns addresses the topic forthrightly and in unabashed prose.
Review copy from Amazon Vine.

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