Margaux Fragoso is a poet and short-story writer, but her first book, Tiger, Tiger, is a memoir—and we expect to see reviewers spilling a lot of ink in their efforts to describe it.
The book’s action revolves around Fragoso’s relationship with “Peter”–a 51-year-old pedophile she met at the age of 7. Yes, Tiger, Tiger is that kind of book. (“Writing down and talking about what I used to think was unspeakable has allowed me to regain the life that Peter had stolen from me and to find fulfillment as an artist, mother, teacher, and woman,” Fragoso writes in the afterword. “Transformation and healing are more than possible.”) But it’s unusually thoughtful and well-written, and it has a lot more than shock value to recommend it.
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