Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Because I am Furniture
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
Anke's father beats up her brother, sexually assaults her sister...and ignores Anke. She must be the lucky one, to escape his rage, his harm, but sometimes Anke feels that he must love the others much more than he loves her. Against her father's wishes, Anke joins the school volleyball team and it is there that she finds the strength and the voice to speak up and defend her family.
Written in sparse verse form, Anke's inner turmoil finally boils over. Will speaking up destroy her family?
A moving, disturbing story recommended for readers ages 14 to adult. Violent and sexual situations are indirectly referenced, as Anke and her family try to deny that they occur. This book may be distressing for fragile readers.