EVERYDAY EVIL by Marilyn Anne Pate
The terrifying story of manipulation, repression, and cruelty by a father who appeared to the outside world as a normal, devoted family man. As in David Lynch’s movie Blue Velvet, profound horrors lay beneath the surface of tranquil setting, but Pate’s EVERYDAY EVIL isn’t fiction. It’s painfully true. – Claude Campbell, Author of ABOU AND THE ANGEL COHEN and IN THE YELLOW WOOD
The true page turner, a deeply touching and disturbing memoir that reads like a novel. If you purchase only one memoir during you life, this should be the one. You will be richer from the experience. – Harvey Stanbrough, nominee for Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award
Rarely have I witenessed the courage and candor that Marily Pate conveys. This riveting story will inspire those who are struggling to survive an abusive family relationship, as well as those who have yet to heal from a traumatic childhood. – Denise Roessle
Be prepared to hold your breath as you read Marilyn Pate’s gripping memoir of the dark side of a family, dominated by a diabolical father with a chillingly cruel streak. – Alice Holden, Author historical romances
A storm lived in the little house on Second Street in Tucson, Arizona. No one was supposed to know about the midnight yelling screaming fights between the Police Captain and his charming second wife.
Three terrified children knew. They hid under the covers, piled pillows over their heads and tried to sleep as they could earn the straight A’s in school that were demanded of them.
Teachers knew when they saw and tended to the lacerations on arms and legs of two of the children.
The stepmother knew, and was able to protect her daughters from physical harm, but she couldn’t protect them from the everyday toxic emotional, spiritual and intellectual abuse that the father meted out because he loved them.
Why was the father- a handsome, intelligent, charming narcissist- that way? Everyday decisions that gradually turned into evil acts became common. How did only one of four children come to lead a relatively normal life? How did she break the chain of abuse and raise three loving children? Why did each of his four wives regret they married him while his daughter enjoys and revels in fifty-five years of one happy marriage?
EVERYDAY EVIL answers unaskedable questions. It is writter from a recovered heart and will touch yours.