In My Fathers Arms - A Son's Story of Sexual Abuse

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MEMOIR

20th Century (multiple decades)

Walter deMilly

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Logline

A young businessman's life is interrupted when he learns that his prominent father has molested a boy, and now faces a secret treatment designed to protect both the father's reputation, and welfare of other children: castration.

Genre

Memoir,

Short Summary

A discretely gay, smart young businessman (Walter)gets a call one evening where he learns that his father has molested a neighbor's 5 yr-old son.


The castrated father deteriorates with strokes and heart attacks until at last he dies, freeing the mother and son to walk peacefully upon the beach where so many things happened years before.

Setting

Any small southern town, a private beach, and Key West, FL

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions, Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Incest, Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Walter

Age: 32

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine, Perseverance, Complex, Educated, Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Walter Senior

Age: 70

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Religious, Skillful, Complex, Confident, Engaging, Gracious, Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Sanna Jane

Age: 70

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Confident, Heroic, Perseverance, Religious, Underdog, Educated, Empathetic, Faithful, Gracious, Modest, Naive, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Year Published: 1999

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Supplemental Materials

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