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A Novelist and Survivor on the Lasting Effects of Child Abuse

Writer Dorothy Allison's new novel is called "Bastard Out of Carolina." It's about a poor South Carolina family's history of violence and incest, and is largely autobiographical. She says that she doesn't like most abuse literature out today because it tends to eroticize abuse. Allison has also written a book of short stories called "Trash" and a book of poems called "The Women Who Hate Me."

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Other segments from the episode on September 9, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 9, 1992: Interview with Dorothy Allison; Interview with Ruben Martinez; Review of Sonic Youth's album "Dirty."

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