Perfectly Secret

Perfectly Secret

The Hidden Lives of Seven Teen Girls

By Susan Musgrave (Editor)

Annick Press, Hardcover, 9781550378658, 107pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2004


"Seven essays from the heart."

"When I was sixteen years old I had secrets, all right. But my secrets were not exactly my own; they were the secrets of others." So writes Nan Germaine in Perfectly Secret, Susan Musgrave's fourth collection of essays written by women writers about their teenage lives.

Nan remembers the loneliness of enduring her parent's secret confessions: her mother's unhappiness and her father's infidelity. For Anita Rau Badami, a mad aunt was her hidden shame. Meanwhile, a drunken father meant Lorna Crozier could never invite her friends home. And Cathy Stonehouse, who lived her life in fragments, found her secret self threatened in a not-so-innocent game of Truth or Dare.

Heartfelt, disarmingly honest, at times painful, these essays eloquently capture the reality of adolescent life. Perfectly Secret is a testament to the axiom that life isn't always as it appears.

About the Author
Susan Musgrave's most recent collection of poetry is "Origami Dove" (McClelland & Stewart, 2011), short-listed for the 2011 Govenor General's Award for poetry. Her new novel, "Given", was released in 2012. Recent prizes include the Spirit Bear Award, a tribute recognizing the significance of a vital and enduring contribution to the poetry of the Pacific Northwest. She lives on Haida Gwaii .