Powerful Review

Megan Arns

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Story of Survival and a Path to Healing

Franklin’s horrific story reminds us that humans have the capacity to inflict life-long harm upon each other through physical and sexual abuse. While his previous works hint at his past, Franklin’s memoir is the unthinkable full story. Through great courage and time (and with the help of psychotherapy), he works through his past to unpack the dark, repressed memories deep inside him. This book is an astonishing account of a twenty-year journey of reliving visceral memories and piecing together a fragmented past. While one could have chosen to give up or turn the other way, Franklin’s book is a gift to us all – a compelling story that tells a true, horrific account of childhood physical and sexual abuse. I’m personally very thankful that (Uncle) Larry is a strong, brave survivor and know his story is one of hope and inspiration for the many victims of childhood abuse.

Published by llfranklin12

Larry L Franklin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He performed in the U.S. Navy Band located in Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1971. From 1972 to 1975, he taught music at Southern Illinois University. In 1976, he completed requirements for a certified financial planner designation and maintained a successful investment business until 2007 when he retired to devote his energies to writing. In 2003, he received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Franklin is the author of “Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory,” published by Xlibris; “The Rita Nitz Story: A Life without Parole,” published by Southern Illinois University Press; “Cherry Blossoms & Barron Plains: A woman’s journey from mental illness to a prison cell,” published by Chipmunka Publishing Company; and “Supermax Prison: Controlling the most dangerous criminals,” published by History Publishing Company. He currently resides in southern Illinois with his wife, Paula.

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