Kathryn Harrison's memoir, The Kiss, is an excellently written narrative of incest. The time-frame is not one of a young child being molested, but rather that of the author as a young woman (in her twenties) who meets her estranged father and is seduced by him to engage in sexual acts. The contents of this disturbing account leave the reader in awe of the author's ability to capture and hold our attention without overt acts of purience. There is no physical force or "rape" in what society would consider such a term to mean. The "seduction" which occurs is understated but the devestation which occurs to the psyche of the author is both real and powerfully addressed for the reader.
This is a very, very well-written book. I would urge anyone to read it.
This report prepared by Delynne Troy