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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. When Ann Kenny was four years old her foster mother hit her across the face with a fireplace shovel. She was left lying unconscious on the cold hard floor while her foster family went to mass.
She almost lost an eye.
She was given most of When Ann Kenny was four years old her foster mother hit her across the face with a fireplace shovel. She was given most of the household chores, and she was not even allowed to sit with the family at mealtimes, but was forced to stand while they sat.
Her grandfather also regularly beat her viciously. She later discovered that he had also abused her sexually, drugging her with whiskey before putting her to bed. She married an alcoholic; his drinking came to dominate their marriage, and she was left to raise their three children as best as she could. He died of liver failure in at the age of Slowly, Ann set out on the road to recovering her life. Return to Book Page. The Girl in the Wicker Basket 4. When Ann Kenny was four years old her foster mother hit her across the face with a fireplace shovel. She was left lying unconscious on the cold hard floor while the family went to mass.
She almost lost an eye. This is just one of the childhood incidents Ann recalls in her vivid, shocking memoir of growing up in rural Ireland, in a house where she wasn't wanted.
Her early st When Ann Kenny was four years old her foster mother hit her across the face with a fireplace shovel. Her early story is Cinderella-like, but without the happy ending: On growing up Ann found it hard to escape the shadows of her past, marrying an alcoholic and effectively raised her children herself.
Ann eventually found the road to recovery and her book is a testament to the strength of a survivor. She began writing the book as she set to find out who was the tiny child she remembered left in a wicker basket - that child turned out to be herself. Paperback , pages.
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Lists with This Book. Jun 07, Sabrina Rutter rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was pulled into Ann's story right away. She has to be the living definition of human strength. I'm very happy that she was able to create for herself what had been so unnattainable through out her childhood and early adult life, happiness. No matter how much I read books like Ann's I will never understand how anyone can be so cruel and show no sign of human compassion.
May 05, Anne Biggs rated it it was amazing. Intensely written story about a woman who tries to move forward from her past, but at every turn she is reminded of her past. Determined to not replay what happened to her, she keeps her children protected and love, regardless of what her life delivers her.
Fantastic, raw, brutal, and a reminder how precious our lives are. Jun 11, Julia rated it it was amazing. Very sad life she had from birth to her adulthood.