Not Easily Washed Away: Memoirs of a Muslim's Daughter

  • Title: Not Easily Washed Away: Memoirs of a Muslim's Daughter
  • Author: Anon Beauty Brian Arthur Levene
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  • Page: 391
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  • Not Easily Washed Away Memoirs of a Muslim s Daughter From the Editor Not Easily Washed Away is a heart wrenching tale told in the first person by Laila the female Pakistani victim of her father s sexual abuse over a span of fifteen years Because it is
    From the Editor Not Easily Washed Away is a heart wrenching tale told in the first person by Laila, the female Pakistani victim of her father s sexual abuse over a span of fifteen years Because it is in first person, the reader directly sees the psychological impact of the abuse and comes to understand how the abuser manipulates the victim into cooperating in it We seeFrom the Editor Not Easily Washed Away is a heart wrenching tale told in the first person by Laila, the female Pakistani victim of her father s sexual abuse over a span of fifteen years Because it is in first person, the reader directly sees the psychological impact of the abuse and comes to understand how the abuser manipulates the victim into cooperating in it We see the psychological costs of being abused denial, depression, mental splitting, obsessive compulsive behaviors, alcohol abuse, hopelessness, shame, fear of harm to her family but gradually we also experience Laila s struggle Set in the context of Muslim society where the young female victim knows her word will not be believed in preference to that of her good Muslim father, the story could have happened anywhere Yes, the details are shocking, but they are not prurient, as the negative reviews have suggested They are sickening and saddening but they are real The details serve to underline the horrible things that abusers do to kids I learned much about how the relationship between abuser and victim works and why it is so hard for the victim to break away and recover This story is all the moving because it is true It took great courage for Laila to expose her life in this way, even if she does use a pseudonym Her opening explanation for why she wrote the book reveals her hope that at least one abused individual will read it and live a healthy, happy life after the horrific experiences of such a childhood.Synopsis Not Easily Washed Away is the true story of a young girl who was born to a Muslim family in Pakistan She suffered through sexual, mental and physical abuse for fifteen years, which was perpetrated by her father Abdulla Laila decides to take advantage of her father s incestuous addiction by having him acquire a visa for her to the United States, where she feels as if she can rid herself of a putrid past The book is written from a psychological perspective in first person, as Laila shares her painful past with the reader, sparing no details of her ordeal as a child, teenager and young adult After she realizes her father s diabolical plan is to keep her in Pakistan for himself, Laila decides to take fate into her own hands Her new attitude helps her to turn the tables on her father, now living in America, and manipulate him into marrying an American woman to get Laila s visa to the United States.The United States is not the instantaneous answer to Laila s plight She arrived in Seattle, Washington, in 2004 to start a new life away from her father, but ends up being unable to stop the incestuous relationship with him and later on, with her stepmother Things get even worse for Laila, as she is now twenty years old, depressed, and worried that her family s fate back in Pakistan might be jeopardized if she leaves home In the Spring of 2007 Laila s life changes when her younger sister arrived from Pakistan and when she meets an interesting, Christian, Jamaican man at school The young man confronts Laila about the abuse, and when she realizes she has feelings for him, she tells him everything The young man tries to convince Laila that she can become mentally stronger and free herself of her abusive father and stepmother by running away with him.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by my page I must warn that that my first two books, Not Easily Washed Away and Not Easily Washed Away 2 are not for everyone but If you ve bought the book, I m sure you will enjoy it Well, my biography is in the books but if you must know I am currently writing another book that is a continuation of my life Since the end of the book my life has taken some huge twists and turns and all of them are new experiences for me With growth and experiences comes insight, and with insight, comes writing Let me know what you think of the book and anything else you would like to discuss Please let me know what country you re writing me from I m now a Graduate Forensic Psychology student and is pushing to become a Counseling Psychologist a couple years from now Not Easily Washed Away 2 is a continuation of my life throughout my undergraduate studies T.O.G.G.L.E The Other Girls Get Lucifer Everyday is my third book which has been released on Nov 27th, 2012 It s everything I know about my world and .My pen name is Anon Beauty but if you would like to know who I am, visit the T.O.G.G.L.E page on Facebook I understand that people are going to attack this book and say that my story is not true, it contain anti Islamic sentiments, and these are the reasons why I choose to remain anonymous before but NOT ANYMORE The attacks I have endured quietly since the first book, but I am not afraid of the ramifications that might come with writing these books These stories are accurate and were not written to put down my religion or culture I am still a Muslim and my faith is still intact and would not sit and write lies of this nature because it against my beliefs.From the book Why I chose to share my story As an adult who was sexually abused as a child, I decided I needed to stop focusing on myself so much and look at how I could help other people who have gone through or are still suffering from similar abuse I wrote this book in order to do just that When I met my fianc , he thought the only way for me to heal from the abuse was to confront it fully It worked I became empowered, and my mind started to converge on the idea that I could have complete happiness and be accepted, even when people knew about my past The story of my healing will show that there can be an end to the abuse and its physical, emotional, and psychological aftereffects Despite the fact that I knew my story would be difficult to write, I still wanted to share it so others could understand the manipulation that goes along with child sexual abuse My goal was to show that such abuse affects a victim so traumatically that the perpetrator s manipulation can continue even after she reaches adulthood One of the harder parts of confronting the abuse is the self blame Even though I thought I had let go of the abuse that happened years before, I still blamed myself and lived in shame and sadness for a long time afterward I realize that people from my traditional Muslim culture will find it hard to accept this book Nevertheless, I wanted to show how my abuser used elements of that culture to perpetuate the abuse against me My mother and others respected him as a hard working Muslim man, one whose statements, he convinced me, would be believed in preference to those of a powerless young girl It seemed like writing the story about what went through my mind as a child was the best way to convey how his manipulation worked I want people to understand that there is life after abuse and that victims should not let it ruin their whole lives There is happiness after abuse It is not easy, and by no means is anyone ever cured from child abuse, but there can be a good life lived after.


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    1. This book doesn't even deserve a half-a-star rating. Unquestionably, in my opinion, one of the most poorly written books I have ever had the misfortune to read. Sadly for me, since I was so pumped about reading this book. The author, Brian A Levene, posted that the first 20 people to friend him on GoodReads would receive a free copy and since it sounded interesting and was the type of book I truly love I friended him. I finally received my copy after numerous delays relating to what Brian said w [...]

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    2. ****Readers should be warned that this book contained intense topics about sexual abuse. Therefore, this review will discuss those topics. If you are not comfortable reading that, then discontinue reading this review.*****I was actually hoping that this turned into a fantastic book. I hoped that this was really going to show a moving story of a girl who had a hard life and everything she went through and the challenges that she overcame. Unfortunately, I really didn't get any of that out of it. [...]

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    3. This book literally made me ache deep in my heart. Just to read about the things this woman experienced, and all the things she had to do just to get her basic human rights. It's hard enough being an abused woman here in the USA where we have shelters and other sources to help us out of the situation. Imagine living in Muslim society as an abused woman, well that's exactly what happened to the woman sharing her horrific life story in this book.I was drawn into this womans account of abuse so muc [...]

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    4. Do yourself a favor, download the free sample before you spend $9 on this book. The writing style and lack of editing make for a less than enjoyable read. This book will make you wish you could go back in time and unread it.I would also like to add that since posting my review I have been contacted repeatedly by the authors basically telling me to delete my review. proof of this is on my amazon review where brian denied ever telling me to delete it. I posted in it's entirety, one of his emails t [...]

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    5. Where to begin, where to begin? I guess I will begin with a disclaimer that this will contain spoilers. So do not read beyond this if you do not want to know some pivotal happenings in the book.I believe there is a good chance some of what is in this may have actually happened. But I believe Anon Beauty when she writes of herself, describing herself as a great liar.I do not believe for one minute her step mother molested her. I also cannot believe she felt entitled to overdraft the woman account [...]

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    6. First let me say, I read this book within a 24 hour period. In my opinion about the first half of the book went over very smoothly. However half way through it was as though somebody else was telling the story. I understand that this is an uncorrected proof, but it does not change that I did have a hard time reading this book from front to back. It is very easy to tell that the person wrote this book, that their first language is NOT english. I have read many books on this subject matter and I h [...]

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    7. The Book started goodry touchy.but the later turned out to be a disappointment. Sounded fake

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    8. I'm finally getting to this. I'll keep it short and sweet. It sucks. It's the biggest piece of dog shit I've ever encountered. I'd bet my life savings that 99% of the reviews on here accompany ratings of more than 1 star are fake. Go to amazon, look up this book, and read the comments. The "authors" proceeded to get so angry over a few negative reviews there that they not only started stalking the reviewers but they made fake accounts to pretend to be other people to say the book is "great". The [...]

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    9. This was a disturbing book, merely because of the sheer level of abuse that occurred to the girl. Somewhat anti-climactic and the ending was sort of blah. Short, fast read.

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    10. I want to first start by saying that I did in fact buy this book for my nook through Barnes & Noble. I was not given a copy for free and I did actually use my money to buy this book. I felt like that needed to be said after reading so many comments on other reviews stating that people only rated this book positively due to the fact they were given a copy for free. Not every book is for everybody, with so many books available out there you have the freedom to pick and choose what you want to [...]

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    11. I as most of you know am a big fan of memoirs.is one being no different. Was in love with the authors right from chapter one. Written simply perfect IMO. This is such a tough subject to write about. You have to decide how candid you are going to be that is for sure. Ask yourself how much is to much to share with the world? It has to be a hard choice to make to put yourself out there for all to see. Doing so in my eyes makes you a very brave soul.First off, if this is how most women in that count [...]

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    12. Numbing, shocking, heartbreaking, a story that will leave you wondering how Laila may even begin to heal.I received a complimentary ebook copy of Not Easily Washed Away for review from Levene. I was not sure what to expect when I started reading this story since it begins innocently enough. A poor family in Pakistan one of hundreds living their lives in a culture with their own morals and values. It did not take long before Laila begins the nightmare that so consumed her everyday. Laila had her [...]

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    13. I had heard some negative comments about this book and decided to ignore those and find out for myself. There are a lot of books about "abuse" on the market and often you read some of them and they tend to be so similar you wonder if they are all true. I had no doubts with this one whatsoever and I was not disappointed in the slightest with this book. It was totally different from others that I had read, in that the narrator of the book came from Pakistan and was a muslim, as was the offender.I [...]

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    14. "I won this on and was very excited to start it. I had the unedited version which made it more difficult because of the many typos and errors in the sentences and how it affected the continuity of the book. Maybe because of my own inability to completely understand sexual abuse and it's affects, I had a hard time with this book. On one level I understand that sexual abuse starting at such an early age with one's own father, it would skew what the girl would think sex is about. But as a young ad [...]

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    15. I only finished this books in the hope that it would turn out to be uplifting in the end, I did not find it to be so. Although Laila does improve her position I feel that it was left open for a follow up book, I will not be reading it however. The dreadful abuse of Laila from the age of 8 by her own father was heartrending but I was put off this book by the graphic descriptions and the coarse language used by the author. The abuse was just dreadful and watching Laila spiral into despair, depress [...]

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    16. Sick relationship with a man who gets her pregnant and distorts her exaggerated lies into tremendous lies. Pity the family of this demented girl who is spireling down into the depths of despair with her lies to not only Brian Levene but also her family. This book is slanderous to everyone who is mentioned here including the studipity of Mr. Levene to believe them. I am from Pakistan and I know this girl from school and lived near her. She ran away to america for freedom from Pakistani tradition. [...]

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    17. I thought this was a great book, with a heartbreaking story that will pull you in immediately. Very few books have made me experience such a variety of emotions like the ones I felt while reading this one. Leila's story is one that would touch anyone, and that anyone can enjoy. Though her situation saddened me at first, it was very empowering to see her get out of the struggle she was in. This story helps me to remember there is a bright light at the end of every tunnel. Though I don't usually r [...]

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    18. Wasn't sure what to expect but with all the reviews good and bad figured I read it. It really was a heartbreaking story as I have seen other reviewers say. It seems hard to believe that this would happen to someone for so long and I'm sure it is happening frequently and we just don't hear about it. This is a story worth telling and hopes that children around the world could be protected from abuse. Open up your eyes and see what children are enduring at the hands of their own parents. People tha [...]

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    19. I received this book through First Reads.The story of Laila's abuse at the hands of those she trusted was heartbreaking. The love between two sisters added to the heartbreak as their pain was shared. My favorite aspect of this book was reading about a different culture. It was saddening to see that abuse occurs in all walks of life - not just America.

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    20. I won this book thought first reads. Thanks for giving me the chance to read this book. This is defiantly a sad story. This book kept me wanting to read more to find out what happens. The first day I read over half of the book. This book is defiantly a keeper.

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    21. OMG!!! Even I am a Pakistani ^_^ so lyk D-U-H I am gonna read this book :)

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    22. What to terrible thing to happen to someone.

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    23. Not Easily Washed Away: Memoirs of a Muslim Daughter is available for download on Kindle or hardcopy.A book you wont put down, it keeps you intrigued. It's fast paced and an easy read. You'll be searching for more books by this author. His writing style is fluid.Brian Authur Levene's narrative weilds a story of one pakistanian girl's life in a culture cloaked in secrecy, feinged respectability and so-called honor. It depicts the reality of those who have no voice (notably women and children), wi [...]

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    24. Received this as a First Read Giveaway.This is a completely devastating true story of a young Muslim girl and her horrible mistreatment by her despicable, incestuous father. For years she suffered at his hands. Reading about how she blamed herself for his horrible deeds, was confused when she actually got physically aroused by his treatment of her, and thinking she could never tell her family due to the stories of other women who told about being raped by family and completely ostracized.If you [...]

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    25. Gave up at 80% and had skimmed the last 20% of that amount.Unfortunately abuse can affect people in different ways and i can fully understand and believe Laila's personality. Scenes described felt very authentic in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan its just that it wasn't very well written at all and I just couldn't keep going with it. Should have had a lot of editing and sorting out before publishing especially as it was set at quite a high price initially. There was a lot of rambling and repetitivenes [...]

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    26. There seems to be mix reviews on this book, I had to get it to see what everyone was talking about. I thought this book was great.This was a quick book to read. Read it 1/2 hr a night, before bed and was done in a week. It was heart wrenching to read what Laila had to go through for so long. It is sad to see how women and children are treated in other cultures, though I do know that stuff like this happens in the U.S. also.I hope Laila continues to seek help and I hope this book can be helpful a [...]

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    27. This review is hard because the topic of the book is very sensitive and because the book is about actual people. The writer of the book says that she wants to show how the victim of sexual abuse thinks and feels and I think that she does a good job of that. I will say that the matter of fact way she describes beatings can be jarring.

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    28. Won Not Easily Washed Away: Memoirs Of A Muslim's Daughter by Brian Arthur Levene as a first reads giveaway. The subject matter of abuse is always difficult to read and I'm happy that Anon was able to survive and overcome the challenges she faced. It was also interesting to learn about different cultures and religions. I read it fairly quickly as I had a hard time putting it down.

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    29. I liked this book, though sometimes I wished I could smack her

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