RagDoll Redeemed: Growing Up In The Shadow Of Marilyn Monroe by Dawn Novotny
Published by Dog Ear Publishing, LLC
At the request of WOW and Author, an ARC EBook Edition was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis: For 50 years, whether consciously or unconsciously, women have all been caught in the cultural clash between the almost immortal sexual mystique symbolized by Marilyn Monroe (in 1999 she was still voted sexiest woman of the century byPeople Magazine) and the retooling of the female soul by the womens liberation movement. Each of us has been left to ask ourselves, Who am I? Where do I fit? What does it mean to be a woman? And most important of all: What does it mean to me to be a woman?
Dawn Novotny writes about her struggle with those questions, but for Dawn it was more difficult to answer those questions. After all, she was married to Joe DiMaggio Jr. a man who was fascinated with his stepmother, Marilyn Monroe, and wanted to transform Dawn into his own version of Marilyn. RagDoll Redeemed is the story of one womans balancing act between embracing her sexuality and creating a person that utilized all her abilities: mental, emotional and physical.
My Thoughts and Opinion: Captivating! I read this memoir in 2 days as I could not put it down. The writing extraordinary especially when the author reveals her childhood cognitive scores with the reader. A raw look into the life of a very physically, verbally and emotionally abused child and young adult who broke the cycle and clawed her way out to become a successful adult. A heart wrenching and painful read of the life of this child but also inspirational as the author relates her ability to overcome the trauma she endured and the strength to forgive her abusers.
As the synopsis states, she was married to Joe DiMaggio, Jr., a very troubled man and his control to remake the author into his step mother, Marilyn Monroe. What was ironic in this, was that the author and Marilyn Monroe’s life, paralleled each other’s life in an uncanny resemblance. The abuse and family dynamics so alike.
As I was reading this extraordinary story, I kept thinking how painful it must have been to rewrite and face her tormented past. But on the other hand how brave it was of her to share her story to help others. I think that every woman who reads this book will be able to relate to some degree of her life, hopefully not as severe, but on some level, I know I did. The book was riveting!! Engrossing!! A page turner!!! Poignant!! A must read!! This novel will stay with me for a long time, it was that touching. This is one book that I will never forget. Exceptional!! I highly recommend this memoir!! Outstanding!!
My Rating: 5+