Must read!, July 28, 2014
"My Piece of Sky is an incredible book and I absolutely recommend it to other readers. The style Furrer uses to compile this book is tremendous, and it addresses a wide and interesting scope of individuals who are effected by abuse. As a victim of child sexual abuse, reading the collection of stories that Mariella Furrer documents from other survivors is extremely powerful. Definitely a book that leaves you changed after reading it, and sheds much needed light on the horrors of child sexual abuse around the world. The experience of reading is very emotional, but it's beautiful to hear about peoples ability to carry on after abuse and suffering." - KMK
Tremendous and heartbreaking literary achievement, July 27, 2014
"This book was absolutely tremendous - in the most painful sense. It is one of the most incredible - and most scarring - books I have ever read. Mariella Furrer tackles the taboo pandemic of child sexual abuse head on and the result is something that is both spectacular and terrifying. It is not an easy read as it is very explicit in both physical and emotional senses; it is quite blatant to say that you will not feel completely whole after reading the book. That being said, it is a monumental achievement in the fight against child sexual abuse - which is so prevalent and heinous in today's world. "My Piece of Sky" is a necessary book for all to read - so that child sexual abuse can be halted and those, who already victims, can be comforted.
One of the most poignant - and telling - lines in the whole book was on Page 585 in which a particular victim states, "The angels were supposed to protect me, but they didn't. I feel deserted by God." - Ciara
Eye-opening, a must-read, July 27, 2014
"Courageously confronting the horror of her subject, Mariella Furrer succeeds in drawing her readers in to both pictures and text and creates the ground on which we can understand all who are affected by child sex abuse. It's a difficult journey to take, but as a reader, I can say that I was compelled by this outstanding work of research, interviews and photographs." - Mushkie
Highly recommended, July 27, 2014
"The most comprehensive and important book to date on the subject of the sexual exploitation of children. Furrer sensitively reveals the depths and complexity of human social-sexual issues related to child sexual abuse and the need for expertise and training for our judicial systems to adequately respond. Her presentation of actual cases are a study in the causes and effects of the sexual exploitation of children and the impact of sexual betrayal trauma on society at large as it repeats in sexual offense, criminal activity, violence and addiction. I highly recommend this excellent resource for those who are in need of healing as well as those studying this subject. We owe a debt of gratitude to Mariella Furrer." - Karen Morris LP, NCPsyA, licensed psychoanalyst and trauma specialist.
Heart-wrenching and agonizing to read at times yet impossible to ..., July 26, 2014
"Heart-wrenching and agonizing to read at times yet impossible to put down as the horrors of child sexual abuse are laid out so expertly in the narrative voice of interviewees. The sadistic nature of these crimes cannot be denied and neither can the evasiveness of these offenders. There is a generalized pattern shown through the voices of both victim and perpetrator that shows the high rate of reoffense and society's inability to properly handle these crimes in a way that can consistently protect children. I felt chills as I read the voices of perpetrators justifying their crimes and horror as children failed to be protected by their parents from these monsters. This book should break open the much-needed dialogue in society and find a way to stop this abuse. It is quite clear that perpetrators offend again, and again and again. Sentencing of these monsters must be heightened and it must be admitted that successful rehabilitation rarely occurs. At what expense to we take the chance that rehabilitation "took?" Which child should have to suffer the outcomes of that experiment? This book is a must-read for all concerned about the welfare of their children." - Mother of 5
Five Stars, July 6, 2014
"Powerful! Lots of courage went into all aspects of this book." - Elle
Outstanding, November 20, 2013
"This book was 10 years in the making and is a monumental peer reviewed documentary project which gives voice to survivors of child abuse through their written and visual testimony. At its core is a stunning photo essay by Mariella Furrer that was supported by the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation grant, art created by a survivor, testimony by survivors and a contextual essay by one of the worlds leading experts in the field of child psychiatry. The book is powerful and respectful and very thoughtfully constructed and designed. It as an astonishing product of human rights activism and any serious collector of photographic books in the documentary genre will want this book in their library." - Gary Knight