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Still Loved by the Sun: A Rape Survivor's Journal

A memoir that chronicles the year after Migael Scherer was raped and nearly murdered in a Seattle laundromat. Still Loved by the Sun received a 1993 PEN/​Martha Albrand Special Citation for distinguished nonfiction. The PEN judges described it as "one of the first of its kind...With the skill of a novelist Scherer has written a poignant exploration of one woman's evolving reactions to being victimized by random violence...Her insights are heroic and universal." In the same year the book also received a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.

   All day yesterday I dreaded the night. Paul had offered to go alone, but I needed to be there too, to break the news to my parents. It wasn't my mother who worried me. I knew she would be shocked, then loving. It was my father. All I could think of, suddenly, was him at the head of the dinner table when I was a child, telling me to sit up straight and chew with my mouth closed. And when I cried, to go to my room. Where would my attack fit into his ordered life?

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"...so complete that veteran cruisers will discover cruising grounds they didn't know existed or didn't consider navigable..." –Sail Magazine
“Scherer weaves memory, experience, human relationships and the joys of sailing into such an intricate tapestry that each reader will discover something new.” –Sailing magazine
"...a guide into a sailor's soul...Scherer puts into words the thoughts and insights that are deeply felt but rarely expressed." -48° North
"a book that can enlighten anyone trying to understand the process of healing from violence." -New York Times Book Review
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