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Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir

About the Book

Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir

In one of his suicide notes to me, Peter suggested that I write a memoir of our lives together, which was ironic. Our world had been permitted only by the secrecy surrounding it; had you taken away our lies and codes and looks and symbols and haunts, you would have taken everything.

Margaux Fragoso was just 7 years old when she met Peter Curran. Her mother had taken her swimming near their home in Union City, New Jersey. The neighborhood pool was packed with kids, but it was 51-year-old Peter who caught Margaux’s attention. He was handsome and playful; both mother and daughter found themselves drawn to him. Soon they were making regular visits to his house, a getaway where fun and freedom reigned. Peter also gave them a chance to escape the ire of Margaux’s domineering, volatile father.

As Margaux succumbed to Peter’s manipulative charm, her fragile mother slipped further into mental illness. In a devastating paradox, her mother was obsessed with keeping lists of tragedies that made headlines. She never realized that a tragedy was unfolding right before her as Peter took possession of her little girl’s body, mind, and heart, inflicting untold damage over the next 14 years. An unprecedented glimpse into the psyche of a predator and his trusting prey, Tiger, Tiger is also an extraordinary testimony to the human capacity for healing.

Whether you embark on the book’s journey by yourself or with a group, this guide is designed to enhance your reading. We hope the following questions will enrich your experience of a childhood stolen and reclaimed.

Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir
by Margaux Fragoso

  • Publication Date: March 1, 2011
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN-10: 0374277621
  • ISBN-13: 9780374277628