Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book Beginning: The Inheritance of Shame by Peter Gajdics




By the third time the car had circled the block, I knew the man was interested.

-- The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir by Peter Gajdics, published by Brown Paper Press.

Gajdics grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised by Eastern European parents who struggled with their own tormented histories. His new book tells the story of growing up gay, spending six years in "conversion therapy" trying not to be, suing his psychiatrist, and finally attempting to reclaim his life, his family, and his truth.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Sounds like a good one!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Happy reading - and Friday!

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Gilion,

Unfortunately, there have to be people like Peter who are abused by the system, in order for the system to ever be overhauled and reformed. In pretty much the same way as his own mothers experiences meant that as a society, we would no longer tolerate the concept of the concentration camp. Perhaps his parents should have remembered that, when they allowed Peter to be committed for 'treatment'! Short term memory is a dangerous thing!

Not my kind of book, but I hope that you take something positive away from the reading experience.

Thanks for hosting :)


BooksPlease said...

This doesn't sound an easy read - heart-breaking in fact.

Sassy Brit said...

Sounds like an amazing, perhaps heart-breaking, read, Gilion!

Thanks for sharing!

Enjoy your weekend. :)

Elizabeth said...

Not my cup of tea, but I hope you enjoy the book.

Thanks for sharing and hosting.

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Harvee Lau said...

That must be a very distressing book.

Yvonne said...

This sounds interesting. Have a great weekend!

Mystica said...

It sounds disturbing. Happy weekend.

Anne Bennett said...

What a fascinating sounding book. Conversion therapy...what a travesty!

Nicki J Markus said...

Sounds like a harrowing tale!

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