Cut : The True Story of an Abandoned, Abused Little Girl Who Was Desperate to be Part of a Family Paperback
by Cathy Glass
Million-copy bestselling author Cathy Glass tells the story of Dawn, a sweet and seemingly well-balanced girl whose outward appearance masks a traumatic childhood of suffering at the hands of the very people who should have cared for her.
Dawn was the first girl Cathy Glass ever fostered. Sweet and seemingly well balanced girl, Dawn's outward appearance masked a traumatic childhood so awful, that even she could not remember it.
During the first night, Cathy awoke to see Dawn looming above Cathy's baby's cot, her eyes staring and blank.
She sleepwalks - which Cathy learns is often a manifestation in disturbed children.
It becomes a regular and frightening occurrence, and Cathy is horrified to find Dawn lighting a match whilst mumbling it's not my fault in her sleep one night.
Cathy discovers Dawn is playing truant from school, and struggling to make friends.
More worryingly she finds her room empty one night, and her pillow covered in blood.
Dawn has been self-harming in order to release the pain of her past.
When Dawn attempts suicide, Cathy realises that she needs more help than she can give. Dawn's mother eventually confides in her that Dawn was sent away to live with relatives in Ireland between the ages of 5 and 9, and Cathy soon realises that the horrors Dawn was exposed to during this time have left her a very disturbed little girl.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 05/02/2009
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9780007280995
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Review by wearylibrarian
I wish Cathy Glass had never written a book about fostering children. Not because of her writing ability-I enjoy her books immensely. I wish there was never a need for her to be a foster parent, that all children lived happy lives with loving parents. Unfortunately, there are many children that need people like Cathy to care for them and show them love. Once again, Cathy Glass has written a book that I can't put down. Her writing leaves me feeling like I have shared her experiences. In this book, Cathy tells the story her first foster child, a young girl who cuts herself. Although Cathy and her husband try, they just can't seem to help Dawn. But as worried as they are about Dawn, they are even more concerned that she may harm their baby when she begins to sleepwalk.