I have a greater sense of empathy for victims of abuse and neglect because of this book. I have to thank Tom Kizzia for that. He is a journalist from Alaska and author of this book. It is hard to believe that an entire family that includes fifteen siblings would be abused by the family patriarch in the twenty-first century, but it actually happened in a town called McCarthy in Alaska just eleven years ago. I admire the courage of each family member to end the abuse and seek help. I have heard of physical and sexual abuse before. There are examples of that in this book. The worst form of neglect in my opinion is a parent who deprives their child the right of a child to get an education. This family of seventeen people lived in a log cabin with just a Bible and a copy of the novel Pilgrim's Progress by Paul Bunyan. I have never read this book. I am motivated to read it to see if I can gain any insight from it. I would also like to visit Alaska because of the descriptions in this book. The town of McCarthy is located within Wrangell St. Elias National Park. It is a place where I can fish, hunt and even walk on a glacier. I can also take a tour of a copper mine too. These activities sound like so much fun to me. Pilgrim's Wilderness is an emotionally powerful book about the subject of abuse. The descriptions of life in Alaska gives this book a visual quality that I love.
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