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A secret is a life sentence, a permanent gag order more effective than duct tape across the mouth.

A young girl is abused by her Catholic priest. For years she tells no one, striving to meet her parents and teachers’ expectations that she be a Good Girl—passive, obedient, and devout. 

When she learns as an adult that she was not his only victim—there were dozens more—the ensuing criminal trial threatens to overwhelm her. Disassembled by the abuse, she finds community working in an underground hospice for men dying from the still-taboo HIV-AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. In their midst, she recognizes the damage wrought by shame and silence, but she also finds incredible courage and love. 

A profound story of finding your voice and healing what feels irrevocably broken.

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Publication Date: October 17, 2024

Product Format: Default Title

Pages: 184

ISBN: 978-1-77260-402-3

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Renée D. Bondy

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