The Kingdom of Childhood

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:   Rebecca  Coleman
The Kingdom of Childhood
Judy McFarland and Zach Patterson are drawn to each other by needs that start out innocent but quickly turn into something much darker.  Sexual obsession drives a 40 year old wife, mother and teacher to statutory rape and her 16 year old victim to feeling guilt, remorse, anger and self loathing but unable to stop the cycle.  It is a disturbing and twisted situation and even though you get to see both sides of the story it is hard to sympathize with a woman whose past certainly corrupted her.  Powerful and haunting, this controversial book leaves you questioning what secrets are hidden behind the normal facade of everyday life. This is definitely a book to use for discussion groups that don’t mind dealing with this difficult topic.