The Pain Eater

About the Book

She hadn’t told anyone. Not a single soul. Not one word about that night and what had been done to her had ever passed Maddy Malone’s lips. She’d thought about it at first - had been desperate, even frantic, to tell. But then had come the shame, and the intimidation from the boys who raped her - and the one who held her down. Now it’s the beginning of a new school year and Maddy is hoping that she can continue to hide, making herself as quiet and small as possible. She is consumed with keeping the memories at bay, forcing them down through small cuts and the burn from the end of a cigarette. But when her English class is given the assignment of writing a collaborative novel about a fifteen-year-old girl, The Pain Eater, fact and fiction begin to meet up. When the boys spread rumours about Maddy, she realizes that continuing to hide the truth will only give them more control, and she slowly gains the courage to confront them.

About the Author

Beth Goobie grew up in Guelph, ON, where the appearance of a normal childhood hid many secrets. She has been a residential treatment worker and studied creative writing at the University of Alberta. She is the award-winning author of over twenty novels including The Lottery and the CLA award-winning Before Wings. Her first adult novel was The First Principles of Dreaming. Beth lives in Saskatoon.

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