FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Black Irish Productions, Inc. acquires the exclusive rights to Pee-Shy by Frank Spinelli
Advance Praise for PEE-SHY
Spinelli deftly portrays his years as a chubby, awkward adolescent and the complexity of his reaction to the molestation. Spinelli’s refreshing honesty as a protagonist makes this memoir an important testament to a reality that is too often concealed by shame or fear.” - Publishers Weekly
"Intensely bracing reading...an engrossing memoir about overcoming childhood sexual trauma." - Kirkus Reviews
"The strengths in Spinelli’s memoir lie in the pervasive ghastly web to which he was consigned as a child/victim; his courage in facing it; challenging it; and being willing to share his recovery. He does all this with fidelity to the tough demand of telling complex and unvarnished truths while fighting his way to wellness." - Lambda Literary
“With raw honesty [Dr. Spinelli] makes us understand that monsters do exist and a child's innocence is precious.” - Whoopi Goldberg
“This is a memoir about a grown-up boy’s generous - and healing- heart.” - Kevin Sessums
ABUSED AS A BOY SCOUT, DR. FRANK SPINELLI SHEDS LIGHT ON CHILDHOOD ABUSE & TRANSFORMATIVE COURAGE IN A MEMOIR ABOUT BRINGING HIS MOLESTER TO JUSTICE
Part family memoir, part love story, PEE-SHY by Frank Spinelli gives readers an inspiring message of empowerment with the page-turning suspense of true crime.
In 1978, eleven-year-Soon after, he was taken under the wing of Scoutmaster Bill Fox, a cop who sexually and mentally abused him for two years. When Frank told his family, they were convinced to do nothing. Frank blamed himself for everything. That year he also became pee-shy.
Thirty years later, Frank has gay community, but still struggles to overcome the physical reminder of his past trauma. Then he learns his former Scoutmaster and abuser has adopted fifteen boys in the decades since they last crossed paths. One adoption had even earned Bill a national Father of the Year Award and a book deal.
This shocking discovery gives Frank the opportunity to overturn thirty years of confusion and self- blame for himself, and for other boys like him. During the course of the next three years, he confronts the man who stole his childhood and brings him to justice.